Will a past misdemeanor affect my chances of going to school? 4 Answers as of July 22, 2011

I was caught shoplifting 3 years ago in Alabama and was granted youthful offender and was ordered to complete a counseling program. Once the program was over the records are suppose to be sealed. I am now applying to professional school and I am wondering will this affect my chances of getting in? There is a question that say have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony-including first offender treatment. Do I have to respond yes? Also will this show up on my criminal background check?

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Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
You can honestly answer, "No." Youthful Offender is its own creature, and you were convicted of being a Youthful Offender, not the underlying charge. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/22/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
There should be no problem with you going to school or the adjudication showing up on a youthful offender.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/21/2011
Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
The arrest may appear in a criminal background search. I would be honest on the application. You were not convicted of a crime but adjudicated a Youthful Offender. The determination should be sealed.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/21/2011
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