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Is a suspended imposition of sentence a conviction?


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Is a suspended imposition of sentence a conviction?

In order to be convicted of a crime, you must first be sentenced. As suspended imposition of sentence is not a conviction unless you violate the terms of your probation and the court sentences you.

It is, however, a finding of guilt. Most of the statutes dealing with a prior criminal record look at findings of guilt instead of convictions for this reason.

If you were given a suspended imposition of sentence and were never sentenced, then you have not been convicted of a crime, but have been found guilty of a criminal offense.