I know you WILL seek legal counsel, but you really should be doing that as a first course. My reflexive answer would be to disclose and explain, rather than explain later why you did not disclose, however, an attorney experienced with this particularly licensing procedure might well have a different (and more correct) opinion. If it makes you feel better, I don't think this issue will be a major obstacle to licensure, but I wouldn't want to you screw it up, so best to get an attorney to walk you through it. May be the best money you ever spent.
Employment attorneysay have a different view but you should respond to questions asked. If there is no question pertaining to the issue it would seem a viable option is to keep the matter to yourself. Good luck.
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I'm not sure a governmental agency will see the case. It is sealed and the only exceptions in the statute are applications to become a police officer or for a gun license. That said, a truthful explanation is that you got arrested and the case was dismissed.
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Frankly, you've meandered with these questions for a couple of weeks now on this site, and you should really seek the advice of an attorney who does professional discipline cases. S/he will be able to drill down to your situation and know from experience what to do. You should not be "shot gunning" for such an important matter.
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The question being asked on your application concerns convictions, not accusations. You should simply answer the question honestly by saying "No".