My question involves criminal law for the state of: NY - OH
In 1993 I was got into an altercation with another girl. She filed charges against me. I was charged with Class A misdemenor Harassment. Although I was not arrested and went voluntarity to the police to be fingerprinted, I am told this consitutes an "arrest".
Anyhow...I went to court and plead "No Contest". The charge was lowered to a violation and I was given "Conditional Discharge" for 1yr and pain a fine, and it was not supposed to show on my record.
I am currently applying for a state license for Insurance in OH and I am unsure how to answer the question on the application:
1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, had a judgment withheld or deferred, or are you currently charged with committing a crime?
“Crime” includes a misdemeanor, felony or a military offense. You may exclude misdemeanor traffic citations or convictions involving driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving without a license, reckless driving, or driving with a suspended or revoked license and juvenile offenses. “Convicted” includes, but is not limited to, having been found guilty by verdict of a judge or jury, having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendre, or having been given probation, a suspended sentence or a fine.
I called NY Clerk of Courts and was told that this is a violation and NOT a crime and that the records are "partially sealed".
Can anyone PLEASE tell me how to answer this question and others like it going forward? Also, what does a partial seal mean? Am I eligible to get my insurance license with this? What about a teacher license?
I am very confused about the difference between the charges and sentences etc.
Thanks so much for your help!