My question involves a background check in the State of: Illinois
Hello, I'm 21 years old and currently attending a university.
My story goes like this:
I was charged with drug paraphanelia, and plead guilty to it receiving an 18 month court supervision with a big fine. Paying the fine is no problem but my question concerns the actual charge. I've done a little research on what court supervision means, and I'm gonna quote part of what WikiAnswers has to say:
"In order to receive a sentence of court supervision, you must first offer to plead guilty in court to whatever offense has been charged. If the judge believes that a sentence of court supervision is appropriate, he or she takes the guilty plea under advisement, and does not enter it as a conviction at that time. Instead, you are then placed on a period of court supervision, usually lasting three to twenty-four months."
The part that confuses me the most is when it's saying "not enter it as a conviction at that time." But then doesn't the term conviction mean plead guilty to? So doesn't that mean I have been convicted of a crime?
And so my question is: If an application says, "Have you ever been convicted of any crimes?" I mean to me it says have i ever been found guilty of a crime, which I have been but then again according to WikiAnwers, it's not entered as a conviction so how will this work when jobs do a background check on me? Do I say yes then, since I have been found guilty of drug paraphanelia ( sorry for incorrect spelling). I should mention that I received a class A misdemeanor if that means anything. Or whichever letter the worst one is.
So all in all, I'm under court supervision for 18 months but not convicted of it? Am I understanding this right? I wish I understood law like the back of my hand .
Just in general though, would this charge have a big impact on me getting jobs? I made a damn mistake in my life and I shouldn't have problems like this. I'm getting straight A's in school and majoring in Computer Science, this is so aggravating for me.
Thanks for any help that I can receive.