6 years ago I was ticketed for a Minor in Possession of Alcohol in the State of Maine under their statute of "internal" possession. I contested it. The judge decided that I had committed the offense and I paid a $200 fine. Now I have a job offer with the Santa Fe (NM) Public School District and I have to sign a criminal history affidavit. I don't want to lie on the affidavit so, do I need to disclose that piece of "history" even though it was a civil charge? At the time I was told the charge was on par with the likes of a speeding ticket. Is that charge a crime or an infraction?
Well to my surprise the Maine statutes do call it a "civil" violation, not a criminal. So it is not a "lie" if you do not disclose a civil violation on an affidavit seeking your criminal history. I have to admit that it sounds like a legal fiction since it was a crime and you were punished like any other petty misdemeanor including traffic offense and the like, but if Maine says it ain't criminal but a civil violation then you have every right to run with that in your affidavit.
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