i want to go back to school to become a certified nurses aid and get a job . i think it would be better if my record was cleared. all my cases where dismissed but i want them gone. is it possible
"Dismissed" means "gone." It means that someone accused or charged you with something, , you denied it, and the court agreed with you. You win. There is nothing else to clear.
You should never be asked on an application if you have been "charged" with anything. That's an unfair question, because it implies guilt and doesn't consider the dismissals. You may be asked about convictions, in which case you would answer "no."
I've shifted the topic of your question from Education to Litigation. Maybe a litigator in California would have some ideas about clearing your record more completely.
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Your record has been "cleared" by the dismissal.
You do not need to do anything more at this point..
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"Clear your record" can mean a few things. In civil cases, a dismissed case is dead as a doornail, but it is public record, absent some unusual court order to seal the case. That someone may have sued you and lost generally doesn't mean much. (Although a dismissal that suggests a settlement may give some information to someone who is particularly concerned with your background).
Now in a criminal case, things could be different. "Dismissed" could mean a few different things under a few different contexts that could be confused by the lay person. If your concern is a criminal background, you want to contact a criminal defense lawyer about "expungement." It will cost money. You could try yourself, but that is a bad idea when you are dealing with something that is this important, foreign to you, and very familiar to the criminal lawyer.
If it is a civil matter, I wouldn't worry too much, but if it is a criminal one, I'd really suggest getting a local criminal defense attorney to look at the issue. It is worth the cost.
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