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I was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing but completed a diversion program. Do I have a criminal record?

Downers Grove, IL |

What will appear on a background check done for medical school? Will I have any issues obtaining a medical license. I have already been accepted to med school and don't want my admission to be taken away because of one mistake.

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Did you receive supervision or dismissal? If so, how long ago. You should look into expungement if you qualify. Please see a local criminal defense attorney to assist you. There are many good ones near you.



Thank you for your response, Judy. This happend about 14 months ago while I was in Arizona. I was arrested and spent the night in jail. I completed the diversion program and the case was dismissed. My understanding is that I was not convicted of a crime so I've been answering no to anything that asks if I was. My concern is what exactly would the background check show? Would it show that I was charged with disorderly conduct/trespassing and went through the diversion program? If so, do I have a "criminal record" that would be a hindrance in pursuing a career in medicine?

Judy A. Goldstein

Judy A. Goldstein


If this happened in AZ,you really need to ask an AZ attorney. Different states treat arrest records differently. Best wishes.


If you successfully completed the diversion program only the arrest would remain on your record. Expungement, under those circumstances should be your next step.

Consult with an experienced criminal attorney ASAP.

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All arrests, whether they end in a dismissal or even a finding of not guilty, will remain on your record until expunged. The removal of the record is called the expungement process. There are criteria to be eligible for an expungement, and in some cases waiting periods. You will need to contact an attorney to make sure you are eligible, and that there is no waiting period. As of now anyone who does a background check will show the arrest and the diversion. You will want to fix that.
Good luck.


After completion of the diversion program the charge would have been dismissed, making you eligible to file a petition to expunge the arrest. If granted, there will no longer be a record of it.

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