Disclose arrest without conviction?

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agenthero
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Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby agenthero » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:43 pm

Hi. If the application only asks for "convictions," do I not have to disclose arrests not resulting in convictions? Thanks.

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby bjc314 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:52 pm

I wouldn't think so, but some more information would be helpful. Were you charged and given a pretrial diversionary program, were the charges never filed by the prosecutor, or were they dismissed at some point? At any rate, your best bet would be to call admissions at the schools to which you apply and ask.

agenthero
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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby agenthero » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:53 pm

Arrested and charged but had charges dropped for lack of evidence.

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Mr. T
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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby Mr. T » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:54 pm

I thought conviction = guilty. Anything else, I'm assuming, is not a conviction - including pre-trial div, dismissal, etc.

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby Mr. T » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:55 pm

And, dropped charges.

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby agenthero » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:41 pm

Thanks, anyone else have any thoughts?

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Marionberry
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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby Marionberry » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:43 pm

This is a simple question. Answer all application questions fully and accurately. If the question asks "Have you ever been convicted?", well, then you just tell them about convictions. There's no reason to go disclosing stuff they don't ask for.

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby 4for44 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:44 pm

Mr. T wrote:I thought conviction = guilty. Anything else, I'm assuming, is not a conviction - including pre-trial div, dismissal, etc.


This

As future lawyers we all should really start reading exactly what it asks for

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby agenthero » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:51 pm

Haha, thank you. I'm actually pretty solid with reading comprehension (-1 in October), I just want to make sure when it comes to something like this. I didn't know if anyone had specific experience with this type of case.

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby Marionberry » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:55 pm

They can't give you crap if you answered a question accurately. If they want something, they will ask for it.

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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby agenthero » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:59 pm

Thanks. But growing up in DC my parents always warned me against taking advice from Mayor Barry.

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Marionberry
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Re: Disclose arrest without conviction?

Postby Marionberry » Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:14 pm

That's certainly good advice, though I got my name from a fruit: the marionberry.




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