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Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:04 pm
by dh22
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Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:07 pm
by bilbobaggins
You should state it.

You should also not worry too much.

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:08 pm
by TheBigMediocre
You have to disclose. You'll be fine.

Just write an addendum that says, "Sorry for partying."

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:32 pm
by lt0826
First I'd recommend getting an attorney if you can afford one and trying to get the charges dismissed. You have no prior record. Look up a criminal attorney in the jurisdiction and see what they think is possible.

Secondly, if it is a conviction - yes you have to disclose it. But I seriously doubt this will impact your application in any way. Just attach an addendum, explain the situation and the outcome of the case and move on. People with DUI convictions get into law school, this is trivial by comparison IMO.

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:25 pm
by dh22
thanks for the info guys, I feel a lot less worried

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:34 pm
by kalvano
If you haven't even been convicted of it, then I don't think you need to tell them about it.

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:38 pm
by lostjake
lt0826 wrote:First I'd recommend getting an attorney if you can afford one and trying to get the charges dismissed. You have no prior record. Look up a criminal attorney in the jurisdiction and see what they think is possible.

Secondly, if it is a conviction - yes you have to disclose it. But I seriously doubt this will impact your application in any way. Just attach an addendum, explain the situation and the outcome of the case and move on. People with DUI convictions get into law school, this is trivial by comparison IMO.



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You don't need an expensive lawyer, just pay the fine, and you'll be fine!

Plus you'll have to disclose it whether you get a lawyer or not on most apps.

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:42 pm
by lostjake
kalvano wrote:If you haven't even been convicted of it, then I don't think you need to tell them about it.


Some schools ask if you've been convicted, some if you've been arrested or if charges have been brought against you. And you have been arrested for it.

Re: Please Help (misdemeanor)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:43 pm
by JOThompson
You need to disclose this. It's minor, but an error of omission will bite you when it comes time for character and fitness.