Thank you for your clarification, Sarah.
You are referring to the(NNN) NNN-NNNNprobation. You are placed in probation for up to two years during which time the proceedings are deferred
. If you complete(NNN) NNN-NNNNprobation satisfactorily the charges will be dismissed all-together.
So you have a conviction, actually, but it is "deferred," i.e. not official on your record, and will not be provided that you complete the probation satisfactorily, at which time the whole matter will be dropped.
Of course, this often causes a lot of confusion. What someone in your situation may wish to do is show them the code
behind the program. This is under 720 ILCS 570/410
Specifically: "(b) When a person is placed on probation, the court shall enter an order specifying a period of probation of 24 months and shall defer
further proceedings in the case until the conclusion of the period...MOST IMPORTANTLY
: "(g) A disposition of probation is considered to be a conviction for the purposes of imposing the conditions of probation and for appeal, however, discharge and dismissal under this Section is not a conviction for purposes of this Act or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime."
Once you show them the "g" sub-section, they should understand, hopefully.IMPORTANT INFO
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