Whats better a adjudication withheld or nolo contendere. I ask because im about to apply for the fire department and it states you must never been convicted of a felony nor have pled nolo contendere. Well in 2009 i was charged with burglary unoccupied of dwelling amd grand theft. Disposition was adjudication withheld if i completed my probation and fines which i did and been clear since then i was young and with the wrong people at the wrong time. Anyways do you guys think i qualify simce adjudication withheld means not convicted in the state of florida. It doesnt state nothinb about adjudication withheld just if you ever been convicted of a felony or pled nolo contendere.
Nolo contendere is the type of plea you entered. Other types of pleas are guilty or not guilty.
Adjudication withheld is a part of your sentence after entering a plea of guilty or nolo contendere. You can plead nolo contendere and be convicted of the crime, or enter the same plea and get a withhold of adjudication.
If the question asks if you ever plead nolo contendere to a felony charge, you would have to answer yes, based on what you've told us. You may not have been convicted, but you did enter a nolo plea.
This question really is an employment law question, so i will reclassify it.
Every case and situation is different and my answers will vary greatly depending on the specific facts of each one. My answers shouldn't be considered complete answers to each question and an answer doesn't establish an attorney/client relationship. Always seek the advice of your own attorney. I am licensed only in the State of Florida and in Federal courts. Florida Bar #337821, Admitted 1982.
I agree with Mr. Blecher. What I will add is that you should go ahead and apply. It does not cost anything and you have nothing to lose. Many years have passed. People understand youthful errors.
Good luck to you.
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