You can still expunge the record. It may help with employment though I am not sure about the police department.
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No fine is unusual. You can expunge. It will be seen by law enforcement but most departments allow the permit if there is an expungement. Frankly on a DP you should get the permit without an expungement. Why not try and appeal if denied. The cost would be about the same and you could save alot. Oif course the espungement would help with other background checks, like for jobs. But that has not bothered you up to now.
You can expunge, but the police will still see it. A dp conviction from so long ago should not prevent you from getting a firearms ID card. You are probably better off appealing the denial of the permit.
It is worth getting an expungement of your criminal record, even if the offense occurred 23 years ago. You probably appeared in front of hang 'em Harry and the fact that you got off so easily back then is a big surprise given the way that he ran the courtroom. In any event, get the expungement and reapply for your Firearms ID Card so that you may lawfully purchase a firearm in this state. Good luck.
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