My question involves criminal law for the state of: Nevada
I was out fishing on 4th of July weekend with my friend when we decided to make a run to the store to get some more supplies for our second night of camping. There was no size restrictions on the lake we were at, so being completely ignorant of the fishing laws I had this bright idea that I could throw my line out into the water with power bait and come back with dinner on the other end. My friend thought it was a great idea and did the same. We went into town for about an hour and to our surprise came back with our lines reeled in and Nevada Department of Wildlife officers guarding them. When we got to the rods the officers asked us if those were our lines and where had we been. Being honest we answered yes and told them we went into town to get supplies. They asked for our fishing licenses and IDs which we provided. They went into their boat and came back with tickets that reads "Misdemeanor Citations and Complaint" on top. As they handed us our tickets they explained to us that a fish could have died on our lines when we leave our lines unattended and unable to reel it up right away, which made sense to us. We told them we were sorry and that we had only recently taken up fishing this year, so we are still very inexperienced with what we do. For some reason they had mentioned not to worry that it will not affect our driving records?? That was the end of our conversation with them and they left.
We understand that we had done something wrong and had gotten a fine for it ($115 total; $50 bail, $65 court fees). What really began to freak us out and give us anxiety is the word "misdemeanor" on the ticket. We are both college students that are due to graduate next year. Soon we will be filling out hundreds of job applications and do not want to be answering "yes" to the question that asks, "Have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony?" I don't want to have to explain to every employer that it was something really simple and stupid, or have them throwing away my application simply because I answered yes. A misdemeanor just sounds terrible to a couple of kids that have never really gotten in trouble, and from what I understand is considered a criminal offense??
That ticket says we were in violation of NRS 503.290 Code 2041
Is this something to be really concerned about, or and I am I just overly concerning myself? Should I just go to court, say guilty, and pay the fine? Will I have a criminal record now, even though it is just a fishing violation? Will I have to be answering yes to the conviction question on job applications for years to come?