Last year, I was pulled over and was utterly surprised and shocked to find out when the cops said my license was suspended. I was arrested and received a desk ticket appointment. There was an unpaid ticket that I was unaware of that apparently lead to my license being suspended. The next day I went to the DMV, paid the ticket and my license was reinstated on the spot. I went to the appointment a few months later and was required to pay a fine of $125, which was paid promptly after. Did my agreement to pay the fine mean I plead guilty? How will this show up on a background check for a job? I'm concerned because I'm not sure how I should be filling out job applications, specifically questions regarding arrests and convictions. Any help would greatly be appreciated!!!
Your paying of the underlying fine would not result in your pleading guilty. However, if by "appointment" you mean court date and you paid a fine that day, then it does sound like you plead guilty. You would not be fined without first entering a plea of guilty. So it wasn't paying the fine that resulted in you pleading guilty, but you agreeing to plea guilty. You should've went with an attorney if you were not sure what was happening.
What is a DTA? Did you pay a $120 surcharge in Criminal Court? If yes, you plead guilty to a violation but it should get sealed.
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It is unclear from what you write. If you have the receipt perhaps it shows what you plead guilty to. You can obtain your abstract from DMV. If it says Driving While Suspended, that will generally show on background check.
The fine of 125 you paid was a plea for the AUO. It will be on your record as a AUO in the 3rd on your record, a violation.
You definitely plead guilty to something, otherwise you wouldn't have been fined by the court. The DA may have reduced the driving with a suspended license charge to simple driving with no license. That's an infraction, not a crime. Even if it did show up on a background check (which it shouldn't) it's certainly not the end of the world.
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