My friend, 8 years ago, drank too much and got arrested for disorderly conduct in RI. He pled no contest and was placed on unsupervised probation for 1 year. 9 months later he got arrested for a minor in possession of alcohol in MA. He did not tell the RI probation office, and he has never heard from the RI or MA court system since. My question is, if the RI probation dept. never found out, he can still get in trouble if they find out 7 years after the probation period was up?His MIP was CWOF'd, he is going to take the MA Bar next summer and fears when he reveals these arrests on his Bar application they will notify RI probation dept.
Technically he could. But I cannot imagine a probation officer going to the trouble of issuing a violation notice this long after his probation ended. Why are you concerned now? Is someone threatening to tell?
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If he didn't hear from the MA courts about the minor in possession charge, he probably was not charged with the crime or he was charged and it was promptly dismissed. If either of the above are true, while he could technically be surrendered for violating his RI probation, it is highly unlikely that a probation officer 1) would be able to prove the violation, and 2) would care about such a minor charge that occurred 7 years ago.
If he got arrested for minor in possession and never went to court on his court date, there is likely a default warrant sitting out in a Massachusetts court somewhere. If the mip charge was handled by paying a fine or something, then there is not likely to be any action that either RI or MA would take against him. Both states' probation departments have enough current work to do rather than dig up information about a long-gone, closed file.
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