You need to speak to a licensing attorney. I suggest you speak to Ms. Christine McCall. http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/91101-ca-christine-mccall-366001.html
1. Your record will show an arrest, charge by the DA and subsequent dismissal
2. Getting the entry removed requires a sealing, which requires a finding factual innocence. If you plead guilty, obtaining such a finding is going to be very difficult.
3. Have you ever been charged? Yes you were charged. Also applications for licenses generally will define what a conviction is for the purpose of that said application. So pay attention to the application definition. In addition, each licensing agency has their own definitions which dictate what a conviction is for their purposes.
Important that you call a licensing attorney.
Ms. McCall is in a better position
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The arrest record will always be on your record. You record will show a case was dismissed. There is no way after you enter into this deal to successfully petition for factual innocence (and if is unlikely that you would be granted this even of you do not take this offer). Employers in California can only ask about convictions. You can honestly answer that you were never convicted. Now as for applying to a government job or licensing board you will need to disclose and explain the situation and how you have changed.
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Will it hinder? Probably.
Will it prevent? Probably not, it depends on the questions legally asked on the application as well as the prejudices of the people making admission or hiring decisions.
If you are asked about conviction (the most common question), this is not a conviction.
A good background check will show the arrest and unless the record is somehow sealed (unlikely) the subsequent guilty plea and dismissal.
I agree with California counsel that Christine McCall would be a good person to ask about licensing. She is familiar with both the ins and outs of various boards and with the exact meaning of court dispositions in California.
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Why don't you ask your previous attorney this question or else consult with a local criminal defense attorney. You will need to bring copies of your court dockets for someone to review along with a change of plea form from your file. If you do not have them, you can pay for them from the Court Clerk's office or hire someone to retrieve them for you. Paul Neuharth 619-231-0401
1) The charges brought and dismissed;
2) Sealing/destroying of "arrest records" requires you prove "factual innocence".
3) Other than potential state/federal licensing applications, employers can only ask about convictions.
However it is ALWAYS best to consult with the attorney who represented you as they should remember, or have notes to refresh their recollection, the exact terms of the dismissal.
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