Well, I didn't. I kept putting it off. The officer from the DOC had told me that he would have to charge me $100 if I didn't withdraw my request and that even at a hearing, the judge wouldn't be able to do anything because the law states it has to be 10 years from completion of the sentence and I didn't finish paying my restitution owed until May of 2005. I had no idea that the payment of restitution counted and so I thought it had been long enough. I cried a lot on that phone call, and although he was very nice, he told me there was nothing he could do to change that I was going to have to wait until 2015 to apply. He did say if I asked for a hearing, he would waive the $100 though.
Well, today, without me asking for - or attending - a hearing.... I got a letter from the court. I could hardly believe my eyes... I cried. A lot. I have been forgiven. My slate is clean.
I got not one, but seven of these papers... one for each charge against me. It makes absolutely no sense at all - but I'm not going to ask any questions. I'm taking it as a gift from God.
"The record of conviction and sentence in this matter, together with any record of arrest or charge therein, is hereby annulled."