If my case status reads, ” Disposed – Probation,” does that mean I was not convicted?

I was arrested 4 years ago for felony possession and took 6 months probation with an hold of adjudication. Was this a conviction because I can type in my name and see my picture and why I was arrested?

Asked on May 23, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida


Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

An arrest record and a conviction are two separate matters. It appears that you were on a delayed sentence, which meant that if you successfully completed the terms and conditions of your six month probation, the case would have been dismissed. Because you were arrested and possibly fingerprinted/mugshot, you still have an arrest record. In most states you are allowed to have your arrest record removed if your criminal case was dismissed and you meet the criteria to have your arrest record destroyed. Speak with a criminal defense attorney in your area to see if you qualify to have your arrest record destroyed, which in turn will remove your information from the arrest database.

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