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No. That is not necessarily true. In fact it could be a condition of his probation that he attend PARS.
The only time he won't have a criminal record is if his charge is withdrawn or if he receives a discharge.
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Yes it is quite possible that he can get a discharge.
But this is really something that he has speak to his lawyer about and should make sure that he/she understands how important this is for immigration purposes.