My wife and I are Brazilians who lived in NC for 4 years. Back in 2009, she was accused of larceny and was arrested for a couple of hours. Her case was dismissed a few months later, according to a “Petition and Order of Expunction” issued by the District General Court of Justice. As we want to spend vacation in the US, she got a tourism visa from the US Consulate in Brazil after showing that petition. As per the attorney who defended her in NC in 2009:
“Her case was dismissed. There was no determination of guilty made by a judge; the case was dismissed by the prosecutor. The case would not be expunged if she was convicted. The actual court file has been destroyed per the expungement process. Case was dismissed by the district attorney’s office with no admission of guilt on her part”.