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1. Posted by hamit89 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Hello everyone, first time poster here so please be kind and do not judge. And thanks for reading .

In 2008 i was arrested for receiving stolen property ovef $250 - a (aggravated) felony, a crime of moral turpitute
To be honest i dint know it was stolen property, i just bought it. Eitherhow a few months later and my case was dismissed.

Years passed and ive traveled to the US multiple times since then on a visitors visa but the last 2 trips were scary as i feared deportation.
The 1st issue happened last year when the customs officer checks your finber prints, info etc. The customs officer left her cubicle and walked with me to a superior who glanced at my file(dont ask what was on it i dint see) and told her it was ok for me to go. That was that. No were you ever arrested? Purpose of trip? .

My last trip in Sept last year the same thing when talking to the customs officer my fingerprints raised a red flag but this time another officer escorted me to a different room where i had to wait untill an officer called my name. The inevitable question came up have you ever been arrested she asked me. I
I looked at her for a second and just said yes for receiving stolen property. She then corrected me and said the charge was receiving stolen property OVER 250.
I then told her that the case was dismissed she asked for a docket number or proof that it was dismissed because she can only see the arrest not the ruling.
I was not expecting that and did not have the information with me. She asked for the purpose of my trip i told her to visit family i hadnt seen in awhile. And she let me go further BUT i did miss my flight and was told that i had to tell the airline that i was in additional screening and they would reimburse the costs.

I have since then found a photocopy of the original court docket although it has deteriorated over time, it should be good enough right ?
But i am still scared that i eneter the US after having paid over a thousand dollars to hear that im deported and put on a flight home .bye bye all my hard earned money.
Not the mention ive already paid for some services during my stay there so unless they are kind enough to give a refund..that's lost too.

Receiving stolen property falls under the category of moral turpitude although i was never convicted just falsely accused as the case was dismissed .
Do immigration laws apply in these cases?
And can they also find the case file as narratted by the arresting officer? The words illegal firearm gun threats drugs may have been mentioned

Can my name be removed from their database or will i be subject to additional screeings forever?? Like expunging or sealing but again i was never convicted

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

As usual with almost all questions like this you fail to mention the single most important piece of information: What is your nationality?

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by hamit89 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Im not a part of the visa waiver program and was born in guyana

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2015, at 11:10 by hamit89 ]

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

So you're saying that Guyana shares its entire criminal database with the US. That's interesting...

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by hamit89 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

[quote=CheersT]So you're saying that Guyana shares its entire criminal database with the US. That's interesting...

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry[/quote

Terry, i was arrested in the united stated

6. Posted by hamit89 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Quoting hamit89

[quote=CheersT]So you're saying that Guyana shares its entire criminal database with the US. That's interesting...

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry[/quote

Terry, i was arrested in the united stated

The issue isn't applying for a visa (yet) but being denied entry once the customs officers find out i was arrested close to 7 years ago. The question is do crimes of moral turpitude apply if there was no conviction so a dismissal of the case by a judge?

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

So you carry a Guyana Passport but your arrest happened while you were in the US. That means you're on the US CBP database which now explains your hassles. I get it, finally.

You need to get fresh copies of your paperwork that proves the case was dismissed and you need to have that paperwork ready to present in a neat and orderly fashion every time you enter the US. The next time you're red flagged you should inquire whether that paperwork is the best way to travel or whether you should apply for a Waiver of Inadmissibility - the US CBP officer should be able to assist you.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry