Infractions in California do not count as convictions for immigration purposes. You can safely answer no to this question on your visa application as long as you don't have any other convictions on your record. I'll attach a great document explaining this. Good luck.
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Although I tend to follow the theory that it doesn't hurt to say yes ... because telling the 'whole' truth is always the best policy ... I will defer to Ms. Gasson's answer.
By the way, records can not be 'cleared' from an immigration perspective.
Get a full certified copy of the court file before attempting to clear things.
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I agree with my colleague.
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