What exactly doe sit mean to have your case dismissed? I got charged with a felony and then the court saw that they were incorrect and dropped it to a misdemeanor and then dismissed it. What exactly does this mean? Will it still show up on background checks as a misdemeanor or since the court papers say it was dismissed does that mean that it is no longer there?
I am asking because of jobs and because of crossing the border into Canada and worrying about if they will see it and deny me entry or not.
Thank you in advance! :)
Unfortunately, you have not provided enough information for any attorney to give you proper guidance. The first person you should speak to is your attorney. He should be able to answer all your questions. The main issue realistically is at what stage was your felony case. No judge has the authority to drop a case to a misdemeanor. Only the State Attorney has that discretion, so what you are saying is confusing. The only way a judge has a say in these types of issues is if he was making a probable cause determination at your initial magistrate hearing. If that is in fact the case, then the case is not over, and you must wait to see if the State will be filing any formal charges. If, however, you have been formally arraigned, then the only way a judge can dismiss a felony case is through what is called a motion to dismiss. That is filed by your lawyer. Hence, why I told you to speak with your lawyer. If you can provide more information, maybe we can assist you. Otherwise, speak to your lawyer. Good luck.
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