How Do I Know If I Was Convicted Of A Crime?

Criminal conviction history

Our criminal attorneys can help you clean up your criminal history.

This is an important question, because only criminal convictions can be vacated. Here is how a case generally proceeds from beginning to end:

  • Police Take A Report (record witness statements, names, contact information, and list facts)
  • Police Send The Report To Prosecutors
  • Prosecutors Review The Report And File Charges (Sometimes Months Later)
  • The Defendant Goes To Arraignment and Pleads Not Guilty of the crime

The Case Resolves As Follows:

  • Guilty Plea – Newton/Alford Pleas, etc.
  • Guilty Plea With Deferred Sentence
  • Guilty Verdict following trial
  • Guilty Finding following Deferred Prosecution
  • Guilty Finding Following Failed Drug Court
  • Dismissal – On Motion, Following Deferred, Following SOC, Etc.

Even though a sentence was dismissed, the WSP might still record the outcome as a conviction. For instance, even if the case was dismissed following a deferred sentence, your criminal history will still show as a conviction. Most dismissals are not counted as conviction but are still public information provided by the WSP and the court where your case was heard.