wanted some advice/information on gaining entry to the United States with a potential criminal record. I have an upcoming court date in late April being charged with ABH which is being contested. I am planning to travel the west coast of America in August with a few friends but am worried if found guilty, this will prevent me from getting into the country. Other than this my record is clean and the incident happened in June 09. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing or advice on what to do if the outcome was guilty/not guilty?
I have read things such as having to declare even if you have been arrested, or are being charged with something... I have entered America in 2010 and 2011 with this case pending so would it be possible for it to go unnoticed and not declare it, no matter what the outcome is?
One of the problems in answering the question is the use of the acronym ABH. Different countries, even when English-speaking, have different names for similar offenses. I am guessing ABH is short for assault and battery with (possible intent to do) bodily harm.
It also depends on your home country and if they share such databases with the US. Basically, more information is needed, though, many will say to stay silent about it. The question will be better answered once you have been to court and received a verdict. Depending on the offense/verdict - you could be sitting in a cell in August making the whole discussion moot. But, that is just my personal speculation since the scenario has not played out in full at this time.
You don't say where you are from, but the USA and Canada share just about all information, especially criminal activity, Great Britian may also share much information with the USA. Be very careful about what you declare on your entry information for the USA, if you are caught in a lie you will most likely be forbidden to enter the USA for many years. If you are convicted of your crime, the best place to obtain information would be the US embassey in your country if you are convicted you can probably forget about entry. Unfortunately the Customs and Immigration officer when or if you arrive in the USA will have the last word. Good luck to you.