Is a misdemeanor a criminal conviction? I got pulled over for a driving under the influence in Ohio and I am a New Jersey Resident, I have a pending court date in ohio in this matter.
As I was taking a background check for an employment oppurtunity in NJ there was a question " Do you have any pending arrests or criminal convictions" and I answered "no." When the employer ran the background check my pending DUI court case (which most likely will be ammended to a wreckless driving) came up as a misdemeanor. My lawyer informed me that my current pending case is not a criminal case as this is just a traffic matter. Is a misdemeanor considered a criminal record? What can I give my employer as proof to prove that this is not a criminal case?
In other words does a pending misdemeanor case automatically mean a pending criminal case?