The citation was for smoking a cigarette in a public park. In case anyone asks if I've been "convicted" in a court of law or have a "misdemeanor", should I mention this? Also would this bar me from entering other countries like Canada?
Are you sure it was a misdemeanor ? Check with immigration attorney or Canada consulate .
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Criminal Defense Attorney
If you went to court and paid the fine, you were convicted.
However, it's possible that the offense was reduced to an infraction. If it was a misdemeanor, you would have been entitled to a jury trial and a court-appointed public defender. The judge would also be required to have you waive those rights before entering a plea.
I would go to the courthouse where this offense was filed and look at the court's file to see if you were actually convicted of a misdemeanor.
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