Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I was arrested 13 years ago for smoking marijuana in public. The public lawyer told me that my record would be expunged once I completed two days of community service and finished a year of probation. In my immaturity (and frankly, fear), I just accepted that and never checked up on whether my record truly got expunged.
I'm graduating from a BSN program this upcoming May. This misdemeanor has never been an issue for me on job apps, and I have had several background/fingerprint checks throughout these years through various volunteer gigs, and of course, nursing school and clinical rotations. Nothing ever came up. I even admitted to several nursing programs I applied to that I had gotten arrested, and I got into all of them. But little did I realize that I'd have to be facing the BON with all of this.
It's been 13 years since my arrest and my life is, I'm happy to say, infinitely different. One thing I'm confused about is what to provide regarding documentation of rehabilitation. As I said, I did the two days of community service, I voluntarily went to an inpatient drug rehab for a month, and I did join some 12-step programs. But that was ... 10 to 13 years ago. I could call up the drug rehab and ask them to provide proof that I was there, but I also relocated three times so my time in 12-step programs were brief, and I can't remember the names of my temporary sponsors.
Do you think providing proof of my more recent life--say, within the past 7 years--would suffice? I am going to call the California BON and ask them more details, but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone with this experience of having to provide proof could give me some insight. Thank you very much.