greetings. my situation is as follows: i was arrested in august of 2005 for possession of marijuana in michigan. i hired a lawyer and have been granted an "old fashioned" deferred sentence. upon successful completion of my probation, i will not be convicted of this crime. we did not pursue a 7411 (first-time offender delayed sentence) due to a prior conviction of the same offense in wisconsin from 2001. although the wisconsin conviction was expunged (and my probation officer wasn't aware of it until i told her), we decided to pursue an "old fashioned" deferred sentence to avoid any potential problems. i began my probation in the beginning of november and all is going well. upon successfully completing my probation, my lawyer is going to help me file an mc235 form (or a court order for the destruction of my arrest information). i've investigated this procedure and have learned that it isn't available to those individuals receiving a delayed sentence under 7411 status. however, i am receiving a general or "old fashioned" deferred sentence. a representative of the criminal information bureau at michigan state police told me that successful completion of the mc235 form will remove the arrest information from my pubic criminal record at both the state and federal level, restricting its availability to law enforcement agencies only. i'm very concerned about how any of this will appear on a criminal background check. i may be pursuing teacher certification in the state of michigan in the future and a fingerprint-based criminal background check is part of the application process. the michigan state police representative told me that the mc235 form would prevent the arrest from being released to anyone. my lawyer is confident that the judge will sign the mc235 court order but i am not so easily convinced. for what reason, in your opinion, would the judge refuse to sign this form? if he does and the arrest information is effectively destroyed, where (if anywhere) is the arrest information retained and to who is it available? thank you for your time and consideration.