Is a misdemeanor considered a conviction?

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Is a misdemeanor considered a conviction?

I have a misdemeanor from when I was 18 for drinking underage. I was drinking cheap beer while canoeing in a park. I received the a ticket from the park rangers, so I didn’t actually end up going to the station that day. Later I went to court and I think I pled

Asked on July 4, 2016 under Criminal Law, Ohio


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If you plead “no contest”, then you are admitting that the facts in the complaint are true. The court may or may not ask for an explanation. In a misdemeanor case, the judge will then typically find the defendant guilty. In most cases, there is no difference between pleading guilty or no contest. Only in limited cases does a “no contest” plea matter. If you plead guilty then that guilty plea can be used as an admission in later civil or criminal cases, however if you plead “no contest” then your admissions can’t be used against you in later civil/criminal cases.

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