« on: December 17, 2006, 08:52:58 PM »
I think that the schools generally word the question in a way that lets you know exactly what they want to hear. In my case, I had a dismissed infraction (open container citation). Since there was no conviction, I did not have to put it on any apps that asked "have you ever been convicted of a crime?" but I did put it on apps that asked "have you ever been charged with a crime?" In one case, I recall the question even being something along the line of "have you ever been formally accused of anything other than a minor traffic violation?" That one was pretty clear.
My (completely unqualified) advice: It is unlikely that you will be penalized if you put down something that the school did not intend to hear about. They will likely read your addendum, say to themselves "that's nice but I could care less about your trespassing citation" and consider the rest of your application appropriately. If, however, you neglect something that they DID intend to hear about, you could spend an awful lot of time and money to get a law degree that you will never get to use. Just write an addenudum that lists the violation, the date and location where it happened, and the penalty (a small fine). Beyond that, you will of course want a seperate addendum about how you have moved past the rest of your former mistakes and why this won't happen again. Just give them the complete picture and let them figure it out: better to get dinged now by a school than dinged later by the bar.