It could. You should have it expunged. Call me and we can se it up.
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I agree with my colleagues, you should expunge the record. But this may not help since most licensing boards require full disclosure. You need to review the application rules. My guess is that a dismissed charge from that long ago will not be much of a problem and can be explained if it comes up. Call with more information.
You should consult an attorney and have your record expunged. Even though the charge was dismissed, the record of the arrest still exists. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6, you may at any time following the dismissal of a charge expunge the record of the arrest and all records and information pertaining to the arrest. Expungements take time to process so its best to get started on the process asap. Please call us if you have any questions.
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You need to have your record expunged. My office would be happy to help you. You can also call the licensing board for your field and find out if it is a bar to obtaining a license, or a bar to being admitted to school. Regardless, there is no reason for you to have that on your record after all this time and an expungement would be your best bet.