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281. Posted by big phil (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Terry, Im English and my offences were for violence at football matches, ive never heard of a legal process to clear a criminal record, my understanding is that a record stays there for life! anyway, any advice to get my family to disney greatly appreciated.


282. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

When the new revamp of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act comes into effect your 18 month jail term will be be wiped clean after 4 years. Even now under the old regulations you likely don't even have a criminal record presently. Have a read through this:

In any case your first move is to contact your local CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and see if you even have a criminal record. Maybe it's completely cleared so it's a moot point now.

Have fun at Disneyland.


283. Posted by big phil (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Well youve surprised me there Terry, really good advice and for once im actually encouraged to pursue this further in order to take my kids to Florida. thank you.

284. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Hi. I would really appreciate your advice.

I had a conviction for Common Assault in July 2012 for a spat outside a pub which was my first and only conviction.

If I put 'No' on the ESTA form, am I likely to get into San Francisco with no problems?

Does anyone else have any similar circumstances that will help me?

Many thanks in advance

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286. Posted by ithauntsus (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

ive seen alot of people say ignore the conviction but from reading this it seems that i no chance of getting into america, im only going through florida to get on the boat for the cruise but looks like i might aswell not bother ive got a conviction from 2004 for possession with intent to supply class a 2 seperate drugs and got two and a half i only did half and got tag good behaviour. im now volunteering while training to make kids aware with about the effects and misuse of drugs but i doubt thats gonna make an inch of difference with the embassy should i even bother wasting my time and money and arrange a trip somewhere else ??? any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!!!

287. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

lou_harris @ #271 & ithauntsus @ #272... both your questions give the impression that neither of you have bothered to read the thread. Neither of your situations are any different from many, many other situations explained at great length throughout this discussion.

It's a lot of reading, but if you wade through the posts here (and ignore the 90% useless ones) you'll find lots of very rational, reasonable and accurate advice.


288. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Thanks Terry. I have thoroughly read this thread and found that the information has been of a great help.

You seem to really know what you are talking about, so would you be so kind as to tell me your opinion on my situation?

I was held for about 5 hours, released and then nothing further happened.

Many thanks for your time.

289. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Lou, without knowing what really happened and by simply judging what you've stated here then the best guess is that you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

That said, Reply #248 is perhaps the most accurate statement on this entire thread and you need to read it and accept it.

Good luck.


[ Edit: Edited on 30-Aug-2012, at 13:49 by CheersT ]

290. Posted by lou_harris (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Thank you Terry, What I have said in my post is exactly what happened - I wanted to know that any advice I was given is accurate.

Many thanks for you sound advice

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