Generally, no. To be clear, the opportunity to dismiss is there, if the dismissal is initiated by the prosecutor. Because, the court does not hear or take evidence at a pretrial conference, it is much more likely that the prosecutor will view this as an opportunity for you to agree to and enter a plea. This is not the type of case that you should try to handle by yourself.
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The answer to your questions are yes. If you plead guilty to a criminal infraction, the record of the conviction would be a criminal record, and if you plead guilty, if would be viewed (strictly) that you pled guilty to a criminal offense. However, from the facts as given and your questions, it seems that you have specific concerns about consequences that can't be answered without more information. To make sure you understand the consequences as they apply to you, you really should consult...
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