How do I find out ifI have been convicted of a crime?

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How do I find out ifI have been convicted of a crime?

When I was 20 on a holiday weekend and was arrested and booked for public drunkeness. I was in college and walking around town; that weekend hundreds of people were arrested for one reason or the other. I had my ticket and court date on it and when I called to ask for an extension on the date, they couldn’t find anything under my name. They told me to call the DA to ask if I still have a court date to attend and they told me the charge has been dropped (or something along those lines). Bottom line is, I didn’t need to go to court nor did I need to pay a fine. Am I still convicted?

Asked on November 20, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, you were not convicted of the crime of public drunkeness in that you never appeared in court nor paid a fine. However, you might have a bench warrant issued for your arrest due to the failure of not attending a hearing date although the situation you have written about suggests that the citation issued against you was lost.

I suggest that you call the court clerk in the count yand state where you were arrested and have any file concerning you pulled from archives. When pulled (assuming it is found), carefully look at the file to see what happened regarding the prosecution of the citation against you.


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