I received a ticket for possession of drug paraphernalia about a year ago, and recently have been concerned with how this is going to appear on my record as I begin to look to rent and apply for school loans. I am wondering what my options are to clear my record, or how long I will have to wait for it to come off on its own? It was cited in Clay county, MN and was my first criminal offense, I have had no others since and will not be getting any more. Also, what does the charge appear as if one is viewing my record? I never had to attend court, I just paid the fine and plead guilty, I made a big mistake.