I recently had my subject interview which was mostly non-controversial. One thing that surprised me was that the NBIB investigator told me that I should have disclosed two appearances in Traffic Court under Section 28: “Non-Criminal Court Actions”.
In neither case was the underlying charged offense for a fine for more than $300, so neither event was listed in Section 22: “Police Record”. In one case, I got the ticket dismissed altogether, and in the other I pled it down from 11 mph over (I think) to 5 mph over to avoid getting any points on my license.
According to the investigator, if I’d simply paid the tickets I wouldn’t have had to list them in Section 28 (or Section 22, because again, none of the offenses were over $300), but because I went to Traffic Court, it needed to be listed even though the end result was dismissal and a lesser offense. That doesn’t make much sense to me because I thought Section 28 was for “civil court action” and Traffic Court didn’t count as civil, but I could be wrong.
Did my FSO lead me wrong on this, or were the investigators mistaken? I hope this doesn’t ding me for dishonesty. I explained that I didn’t know these were to be listed.