I was arrested recently and charged with 240.20 and 220.03 (disorderly conduct & possession of controlled substances in the 7th degree)
Plead guilty to disorderly conduct, sentence was time served. No community service or drug course.
Today, I picked up the certificate of disposition; it reads: Sealed after conviction. Pursuant to section 160.55 of the CPL.
Does this mean the case is already completely sealed and won't show up at the CBP screen upon re-entry?
I am a Legal Alien living in NY and have to travel for business to Mexico in two weeks and don't want to be refused at the border when I return.
Your possession conviction may be a deportable offense. Show your record of conviction to an experience immigration attorney.
Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Conviction for dis con is not a deportable offense. Immigration is governed by federal law, not state. The conviction is sealed under state law. It may not be erased from federal databases. I would be very careful about traveling, and would consult an immigration attorney before going anywhere outside the U.S.
Criminal Defense Attorney
It is sealed and you should be good.
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Sealed is supposed to be sealed, but.... However, your conviction was for Disorderly Conduct, a violation and not a crime. I would seek counsel from an Immigration attorney and carry copies of the disposition when I travel.