If I got the deferred judgement, do I say yes if I’m asked about a conviction or do I say no?

I am currently on a deferred judgement and I want to volunteer at a local animal shelter where they ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime. If I say yes, what do I put?

Asked on July 27, 2012 under Criminal Law, Colorado


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

As with a deferred judgment one is deemed convicted of a crime under the laws of all states in this country subject to the successful completion of the probationary period. As such, your answer should be "yes" in the circumstances that you have written about.

If the action is then dismissed by the court after a successful probation period, then you would not have been convicted of a criminal act.

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