I applied for an LTC and was called by the police today about 2.5 months after submission. The officer said i answered no to “have you appeared in court” and he saw something on my record from 8 years ago when I was 17. What happened was i was in new hampshire and a person in the car had marijuana on her. We got pulled over and searched and she got arrested. Later we were asked to come down for questioning and i guess booked? But never cuffed. I went home, spoke with a lawyer who handled the whole thing and i never went to court. I was also told it was expunged which i now know means next to nothing for LTC. Point is i said No and my local police asked me to submit a letter explaining why i said no and my misunderstanding of the situation, as well as some details about what happened way back. mass general law says any unlawful use of a substance will disqualify you so do i tell them all the details of what happened? Marijauana is now legal in mass but was not then and was not in NH either. I am an honerable person with no other issues, not even a traffic ticket. I would hate to be denied due to this. How do i write this letter? Thanks.
Write the letter and tell the truth, exactly as you understand it. If you could get a copy of your police record or maybe go to NH and talk to you attorney and get a copy of the police report on this incident to support your testimony in your letter, you should be OK. The point is, you believe you did not get arrested which is why you answered the question the way you did. If you did get arrested, ask to amend your application before they deny it. You don't want to get a denial and have to go through the entire appeals process.
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