with a lot of thought, i finally decided to post this cuz i couldn't find anything on the site regarding my situation or anything similar to it.
anyway, let me first say that i am not asking for any legal advice! i just wanted to see if someone else went through what i went through and see what they did about it.
basically, back in september 2009, i was parked in a metered parking spot with the handicap placard up. i just dropped my dad off in the front of the building and circled for parking. i parked at a meter (no special meter...just a basic meter where everyone can park) and was gathering my things when a police officer knocked on my window and pretty much gave me a ticket for displaying the handicap placard without the disabled person in the car. even after numerous attempts to explain that i had just dropped off my dad and that i was meeting him, he refused to believe me and wrote me up for a MISDEMEANOR! i didn't get arrested or anything...he just handed me the ticket and said, "see you in court."
i was thinking about contesting it especially since my dad was with me and my dad was very upset about me getting a ticket in the first place. i decided not to go through with it because the DA struck me a deal beforehand and said the misdemeanor would be reduced to an infraction if i completed 24 hours of community service. this was AFTER i asked if he can postpone the court date so my dad could testify to say he was there. in the end, i also didn't want my dad to go through testifying cuz a 2 months after i got the ticket, he got diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and was in the hospital.
i completed my community service and i now have court on the 26th to plea no contest for the infraction....but the million dollar question is....will this be shown on my background check? will it say the misdemeanor got reduced to the infraction? and lastly, should i tell the BON?
the reason im asking is because i start nursing school this may and we're required to do our own background checks and submit it to the school. it also says that we have to report any prior misdemeanors or felonies even if they were expunged to the BON...but i originally got a misdemeanor but will be reduced to an infraction so does that mean i still have to report it to the BON?
i know...this was long. im sorry...but i just wanted to see if anyone else out there got an infraction and reported it to the BON or if it ended up showing on their background check...
im stressing out. i have a clean record (no tickets or anything either!) and this is the only thing that i have!