I was caught shoplifting less than $300 at a retailer in CA. I have been cited by the police and due in court soon. I will like to enter Canada during Christmas. Is that a possibility? I understand they are very strict in letting in people who are "Criminal Inadmissibility". I am charged with a misdemeanor, but hope to have it reduced to an infraction. If that is successful, it will not be on my criminal record.
I was told if the item was less than $50, an infraction might be possible. Even if i hire a criminal lawyer, what is the possibility to have it changed from a misdemeanor to an infraction?
And if I plead innocent in November, and the lawyer and the DA negotiate a plead deal, and am I allowed to enter Canada during that time? Technically, I am innocent before proven guilty, but I was reading from the Cdn website, and it said I am Criminal Inadmissibility if I am pending trial.
Any help will do. I will contact a immigration lawyer in November after the initial court date.