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When was the last conviction please? Why did you get a suspended sentence rather than another Court disposal?
Hello Alex - the last conviction was October 10th and I was in breach of a previous community order for similar offences.
What previous do you have? A list please and when.
Nov 2011 - shoplifting - fine
Nov 2011 - shoplifting and fine
Sorry Alex - that's 1 conviction in Nov 2011 not 2. November 2012 - 2 x shoplifting - conditional discharge and fine. Nov 2012 - driving without insurance (not intentional I can assure you) but 6 points and fine. March 2013 - shoplifting - 150 hours community service (all completed), fine and supervision order for 12 months. October 2013 - shoplifting x 2 - 24 weeks prison sentence suspended for 12 months, 100 hours community service, fine and 12 month supervision order.
If I am being honest your chances are slim.
This is because you have 4 convictions for shoplifting within 2 years.
As you know this is a dishonesty conviction and they count of offences of moral turpitude.
Therefore that shows that you can not comply with Court orders. The Court has imposed condition discharge, Community Orders etc and you have failed to comply. This is because it is a condition that you keep out of trouble.
Coupled with the fact you have drink driving conviction as well.
Sadly because of the dishonesty offences within a short period I think you are not likely to be successful.
Indeed even though you had a suspended sentence for the last one, this is still considered a custodial sentence.
Your best bet if you are going to try is to use a visa service:
But you need to be realistic - I do not want to give you false hope.
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Hi Alex - I have called the US Embassy and been advised to complete a DS160 form and then book an appointment - I have completed the form but not submitted it yet. here's my question. In your opinion - do you know if I'm allowed to
sorry....do you know if I can have legal representation at such a meeting or do I need to make as strong a case I can based on all the mitigating circumstances that have led me to the position I now find myself? One of the links you supplied is to a lawyer in London who wants £300 for an initial consultation! I cannot afford such a fee having just got back into full-time employment but I think I will lose this new job if I cannot get into the US twice a year for key conferences and trade shows. I do not want to pay £300 to be told what you've told me - if you see what I mean? Also, the drink driving offence is 9 years old - is this still going to be a factor? thanks
You can not have legal representation no. This is because it is not a legal hearing.
You need to have a Solicitor submit all the evidence and case for you.
I do not think the drink driving offence will be a factor, it will be the thefts and how you have ignored Court orders - that is where the application will be granted or fail.
Can I clarify anything else about this?