I am in the process of applying for a license in my state and I have a question on how to proceed. 10+ years ago I was detained for underage drinking. After getting an attorney I was able to plea the offense down to a "municipal ordinance." This prevented me from possessing a "criminal record." However, my state's application has very specific wording in one of the questions and would require me to select "yes" given my history. I am prepared to do this and I already have the documentation, however, if I were to get it expunged I am allowed to select "no" per the applications FAQ. Getting it expunged would take approx 3 months and delay the processing of my license and employment start date.
My question is should I:
A.) Select "yes" and provide the required documentation and a letter of explanation and keep my fingers crossed?
B.) Get it expunged and select "no" in approx 3 months, thereby delaying my license and start date.
In retrospect I would have gotten the offense expunged some time ago but I did not expect the wording of this particular question to be so inclusive.
Please let me know your thoughts.