What is a conviction?

A conviction occurs when a person pleads guilty or is found guilty by a judge or jury, but for the purposes of BCCU also includes other adverse dispositions such as not guilty by reason of insanity, dismissal by reason of incompetency, and others. Conviction information is considered public information in Washington. For the purposes of a BCCU background check, a conviction that has been the subject of an expungement, pardon, annulment, certificate of rehabilitation or other equivalent procedure based on a finding of innocence or rehabilitation will, generally, be treated as a non-conviction. However, deferred prosecutions and deferred or suspended sentences may still be treated as convictions.

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