I supposed that I am confused as to what a conviction means. I was charged with misdemeanor retail theft by the Kenosha Sheriff's Department. I was not required to go to court for it. I had paid to be released and a small fine that very day and didn't have to do anything else. I was 20 at the time so I wasn't sure of my legal rights. Is sentencing in court different from being charged with something by a sheriff's department?
If you were charged with a misdemeanor, you would have been required to appear in court, as you can not be defaulted on a criminal charge. If you were cited with a forfeiture offense, you were probably convicted by default when you chose not to go to court and contest.