Background: I am a UK citizen. I was recently denied access to the US at Dublin pre-clearance. The full reason was under section 212 (a)(7)(A)(i)(I) and also INA 217.4 Because of this I am unable to enter under ESTA. Despite not agreeing with the CBP's reasoning that I wanted to live in the US, I have accepted their decision as there is no recourse to appeal. My on/off partner is an American citizen and we met in the UK 6 years ago. We have a 3yr old son together. Last year (2018) she took a job back in California and because my work as a consultant allows me to work remotely, I was spending up to 90 days at a time leaving only 30 days in between visits. It was on my return for a 3rd visit that I was declined. I understand why they thought I was trying to live there, but they weren't interested in the burden of proof that I provided showing the reasons that I had to be in the UK. As I said, my relationship with my on/off partner is just that and she does not feel comfortable getting married and nor do I.
Question:. I would like to apply for a B1/B2 multiple entry visa that would allow me to spend time with my son. I would also be able to meet with business associates and negotiate potential partnerships. I will not be looking for work in the US. In 2003 I was arrested for a DUI and unfortunately they found a tiny amount of pot in my possession. About one spliff's worth. Because it was found in my possession in the police station they had to charge me with possession. Nothing came of it and I went to court for the DUI and served an 18 month ban. In 2008 I had an altercation with a traffic warden whilst I was trying to detain him whilst waiting for the police. I was arrested for assault and criminal damage but the case never got to court. Long story short: I found him fraudulently issuing tickets, called the police.He tried getting away on his scooter and he 'fell' off. My MP got involved and the CPS didn't take it further. Now I am at the stage of applying for the B1/B2 and I'm worried that I did not declare any of these 'criminal' actions on my previous ESTA applications. I genuinely thought that if I hadn't been taken to court it didn't count as a criminal record. I had completely forgot about the pot possession- to be honest I was a bit drunk at the time- And I have never been pulled up on it by the CBP or ESTA people. Can somebody tell me what my chances are of these being serious enough to be denied a B1/B2 but more importantly will I get in trouble for not declaring on previous ESTA applications? Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you