Good afternoon All,
I’ve been searching through the forums, and NMC policies, and am still stuck on how exactly to fill out the conviction form for my upgrade packet.
Currently a 2M Oceans Unlimited with everything ready to submit for my C/M Oceans Unlimited to get my ATT letter. Only issue I have is in regards to the conviction statement.
In Jan 2020 I was arrested for suspicion of DWI. Immediate 6 month suspension of driver’s license, which my lawyer advised not contesting so we could pursue diversion.
Lawyer had me enter into the Florida diversion program, which I completed. As it required a class and monetary contribution, it would be considered a conviction under USCG definition. Upon completion, the DWI charge was dropped, and the three day course advisor signed that I don’t need counseling, alcohol rehab, etc.
The subsequent court hearing was for reckless driving, rather than DWI as per the diversion agreements. They withheld adjudication, which for everyone (other than USCG apparently) isn’t a conviction.
Due to COVID and my sailing schedule, it took forever for them to actually get me a court date/go through all the motions. End of the day it was settled August 24th 2021 with the reckless driving withheld adjudication.
Even if I wait until August to submit everything and it’s past the 1yr assessment period, I’ll still have to fill out the paperwork. At this point, I figure the odds of them revoking my current license are low, and if they deny the application then I can just reapply after the assessment period. I’ve been steadily employed with good evaluations for the past two years since the incident, and if requested could provide letters of suitability.
So my question is this:
Reckless driving and/or DWI is a 1yr assessment period from date of conviction. If the USCG is going to view this as a conviction either way, do I put it down as a DWI or reckless?
Would the date of conviction be the date of withheld adjudication final ruling in August/the assessment period would start from there?
Odds of me getting screwed either way, and best way to minimize the screwage?
I’m waiting to get my NDR copy, because my understanding is that since it was ruled withheld adjudication and I wasn’t convicted, there wouldn’t be an actual “conviction” on my NDR.
Appreciate any insight!
(and yes, I did learn my lesson/admit that everything was my own fault, just trying to see how best to proceed from here).