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A mistake is something on your criminal record that is not correct. Sometimes a mistake is obvious—for example, there may be a felony on your record that you know you were not convicted of. Sometimes, however, it is hard to tell. Remember: An actual conviction that you disagree with is not a mistake. You should look for the following types of mistakes:
. • Incorrect Entries. Is the date wrong? Is the charge listed not what you were actually charged with? Is the conviction listed not what you were actually convicted of? Make sure you read everything on your record carefully.
. • Incomplete Entries. Every entry should have a "disposition." The disposition is what finally happened in your case. If you have a disposition, then your case is "closed." If you do not have a disposition, your case is "open." Examples of dispositions include "Dismissed" or "Convicted." "Continued" is not a disposition—a continued case is "open." Dispositions are important because: (1) when your employer or potential employer looks at your record, they may wrongly assume that you have been convicted of an "open" case; and (2) some dispositions can be sealed, expunged or set aside. Sealing, expunging and setting aside are discussed below at Chapter 2.3, 2.4 and
. • Double Entries. Make sure that no charge is listed twice. Double-listing can make your record seem longer than it is and scare away a potential employer. Compare all the information on the line with all the information on all other lines to make sure that nothing is has been double-listed. If the information is identical, then it is a double-listing. For example, this an incorrect double listing:
. • Cases That Should Be Sealed Or Expunged But Are Not. If you have already sealed or expunged a case, your court record should look like the example below.
. • Juvenile Cases. No juvenile cases should ever appear on your record. If you see a date from before you turned 18, then that matter should not appear on your record unless you were tried as an adult. See Chapter 2.5 for more information on your juvenile record.
. • Bench Warrants. If you see a "Bench Warrant" or "BW" listed on your record, you can be arrested at any time, including in the court building.

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