My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
I have a question on an application to Dental school that I am not sure how to answer. The dental school is in Florida.
Have you ever been:
* * * convicted of a criminal offense in any city, state or country, other than minor traffic offense;
* * * entered into a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to a criminal offense;
* * * had adjudication of guilt withheld for a criminal offense;
* * * participated in a first-offender or pre-trial diversion program, or its equivalent; or
* * * committed any criminal offense where the records have been sealed or expunged?
(Driving under the influence is not a minor traffic offense for the purposes of this question. Additionally, a criminal offense includes those offenses committed as a juvenile.)
In 2012 I was arrested for possession of marijuana. The charges were dropped down to disorderly conduct, which I was convicted of, and the records were sealed a year later. According to NY law I can legally deny that I was ever convicted since the records are sealed. Can I do so here? If possible I would rather not disclose anything to them.