I had a court date today, my lawyer told me that I am not convicted (and if asked on an application if I have ever been convicted, my answer is no), I have 1 year of supervision starting today and 30 hours of community service. I am unsure of the status quo because my lawyer said I have a misdemeanor on my record, but not convicted. He also stated I can get it expunged in 7 years. What does this really mean: to have something on my record but no conviction? I am 42 years old, and this is my first ever quandary with the law. Should I report anything to my current workplace? Any help and advice is greatly appreciated!
Many thanks and regards,EDIT: Mr. Goldberg- Thank you for your prompt reply. I apologize: let me be more specific. When arrested, I was fingerprinted and told not to enter the retail store again. The retail store also requested that I pay ~$500 (I am unsure if this was a civil demand), however, my lawyer advised me not to pay this fee. As much as I would like an expungement, this seems too far into the future, as apparently I qualify after 7 years. For now, I want to deal with the circumstance as is. After referring to my employee handbook, it only states to report any convictions (does not mention arrests or criminal dispositions). I apologize for my lack of knowledge, but am I considered a criminal if not convicted? Thanks for everything.