If I had an adjudication withheld on a felony charge,is it still viewed as a conviction for the purposes of employment?

I was charged with grand theft/tresspass 3 years ago. Rather than fight, I accepted a plea with adjudication witheld to same charges.

Asked on September 13, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

"Adjudication witheld"means that you were not judged guilty of a crime. In other words, you were not convicted. Accordngly, it will not be reflected as such on your criminal history record. You can answer "no" to any employment questions regarding a conviction. 

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, fortunately for you, when adjudication is withheld, you are not convicted--not "adjudicated," or judged to be--guilty of the crime. You presumably had to pay a fine and were put on probation or experienced some other sanctions, but you do not have a criminal conviction on your record.

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