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I went to court for a citation of Underage Drinking but the district judge allowed it to go down to a Summary Offense of Disorderly Conduct in the state of Pennsylvania. Will this show up on background checks from medical schools? I was told somebody would physically have to go to the local court office where I received the citation in order to see it, can anybody verify this? I am asking this because the appeal time is almost up and I am wondering if it is worth it to appeal and try for the community service (ARD) alternative.
If it is not on the NCIC (which, if i'm reading your answer correct, it shouldn't) is there anywhere else it would show up? Or are summary offense citations not supposed to be uploaded to any sort of databases in PA?
Sorry for the follow up questions and I will rate you favorably because you are obviously very knowledgeable. So on applications for graduate schools and professional schools they often ask if you were convicted of a crime. Would I be obligated to answer yes? Or is a summary offense "not a crime?"
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