I went through the diversion program and received a letter from the state attorney saying that the charges have been dropped. But what will this mean for law school for me? should i try and get my MIP expunged from my record or does it not matter because the charges have been dropped and it was my only offense (and hopefully will be my only forever).
You will have to unseal it for the Bar. Also if you aren't truthful about it in your law school application, it will come back to haunt you. You made a bad choice. You rehabilitated your self and the charges were dropped. Make sure to do a lot o pro bono hours in law school. Remember: take responsibility!
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Your law school and the Bar will know all about this. It may not be worth expunging. You can only seal or expunge one criminal incident. I would seriously consider waiting until you have completed college and law school before using that one shot at cleaning your record. You never know if trouble may find you when you are in that college age range, and some of that trouble might be worth sealing a whole lot more than an underage possession charge.
Regardless of whether you expunge it or not, it will have to be disclosed for law school purposes as well as when you apply to the Florida Bar. Since you can only expunge or seal one record ever, I certainly wouldn't waste it on this. For most jobs, employers will be forgiving for this type of charge so long as you don't have any other brushes with the law. The key to everything will be to show this was an isolated incident which you have learned from and are unlikely to repeat. Clearly, you will soon reach, if you haven't already, the legal drinking age, so while MIPs won't be an issue, they'll want to know you don't have any issues with alcohol that will prohibit you from the practice of law, o rthat if you do, the problem has been addressed and resolved. I knew people with DUIs in law school who ended up getting licensed so don't feel discouraged. Let this be a llesson and just a minor bump in the road to a long and successful career.
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