What is the name of your state? New York
I was arrested twice and in both cases I was convicted of a violation which is not a crime in New York State. However, it has come back to haunt me because people seem to think I have a criminal record. My current employer did not want to hire me at first after I submitted my court dispositions. I knew that I did not have a criminal record because the deal in both cases was for me to plead quilty, participate in a program and then I would be convicted of a violation and not a misdemeanor. So I did a background check on myself with the New York State Office of Court Administration and there were no results found i.e. I had no criminal record. I gave this to my employer and then they accepted me. However, this background check is not a certified document. The only certified document that I know I am able to get is a disposition from the court. The problem is that the disposition does not state whether the offense is a violation or misdemeanor and it accually may look like a misdemeanor on the disposition. I have applied for public housing here in New York City and they are giving me a hard time because they think I have a criminal record. I gave them a copy of the background check that I did with the state and the say they will review my case. In a month or so I'll know whether or not they will find me eligable. If they don't then I have a right for a hearing. My question is if I have to go to a hearing what can I do to prove that I don't have a criminal record. I believe I have done all that I can possibly do as an individual and I may be falling into a crack in the system.