CanadianWolf wrote:But some applications to law schools & to state bars require the applicant to know the difference, although disclosure also is an honesty & integrity check.
I can't think of any of my applications that made it seem like it would matter if you called something a conviction that wasn't, or vice versa. If it asks only for convictions (rare), and you're unsure, just give them a brief narrative. Generally, they ask for a brief explanation of any yes answers anyway. There are times when it's not 100% certain whether or not something is a "conviction," even to the court clerk or the defendant's attorney. If there's a chance it's going to show up on a background check, put it on the application. That way if it does show up, you've disclosed it. You can have a deferred adjudication with an ultimate dismissal, but a guilty plea. Is that a "conviction?" You'll get differing opinions. But if you say, "Hey, here's what happened," you have disclosed it.