I've run into a question on my UK online spouse visa application regarding criminal convictions:
1. Do you have any criminal convictions in any country (including traffic offences)?
Do they include traffic tickets for having expired inspection stickers or tags, or yielding (not stopping) at a stop sign? I have been pulled over for those, years ago, but payed them. Do I put yes? Would this actually be classified as a traffic "criminal" offence?
2. Have you ever been charged in any country with a criminal offence for which you have not yet been tried in court (including taffic offences)?
I lived in Arkansas 9 years ago and was pulled over (but given no ticket for what I was pulled over for) but I was given a ticket to appear in court because I had no proof of insurance with me (even though I had and payed for my insurance) I was only told to appear in court to show my insurance card to prove that I had it. I moved right after this happened and was no longer in the area when the court date came and so I didn't go. Again, this was only for not having my insurance card on me, no other reason. But is this still considered a criminal, traffic offense conviction? And remember, this was 9 years ago.
Also, when I lived in California, before I moved from there (I live in Texas now) I was given a parking ticket that I never payed. This was 8 years ago.
I'm not sure what these things are even classified as, whether they are still on my record, if I even have a "criminal" record from this, and whether I put yes or no to those questions. Help?!
I have had background criminal checks done for jobs I have applied for and always put that I don't have a criminal record or convictions, however the questions I was asked for those background checks never included traffic offences.
I guess I am unsure what is classified as a criminal traffic offence?
Thanks for any info!