Immigration Question. PLEASE HELP
I am a conditional permanent resident married to a US citizen and was accused awhile ago of shoplifting in IN. It was a class A misdemeanor and the punishment was 0 - 1-year max. My criminal defense attorney consulted with an experienced immigration attorney and then made the prosecutor aware of my immigration status. I was then offered a deferred prosecution (6 months) where I did not enter any guilty plea and did not admit any facts in the contract about the underlying charge. All I agreed to was paying fine, do 10 hours of community service and email the PTD director once every month (basically 6 times). After successfully completed the PTD program, the case was dismissed and expunged/sealed. But, I understand that USCIS can still see this. I have the certified court of disposition with me. I have some questions that haunt me and will sincerely appreciate it if one could help.
Is my case considered a Conviction for immigration purposes? Will this affect my citizenship prospects? I am planning on leaving the country in a couple of weeks and I am wondering if there would be a problem re-entering the country. Please help
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You are urged to let another competent attorney analyze your records for an accurate second opinion.
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Needs a careful legal analysis in person.
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I suggest bringing the records to another attorney if you want a second opinion.
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