What will happen if yesterday my son pleaded “guilty” to an ordinance class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia?

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What will happen if yesterday my son pleaded “guilty” to an ordinance class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia?

Does he now have to answer “yes” on applications or other documents asking the question “have you ever been convicted of a crime” or “have you ever been arrested” or similar questions?

Asked on December 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your son will have to answer yes to a question on an employment application or other application asking about conviction of a crime; however, if the question is more specific and only asks about conviction of a felony, your son could answer no, since he was not convicted of a felony; only a misdemeanor.  The guilty plea is the equivalent of a conviction.

It may be possible for your son to have his record expunged in the future.


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