Does probation automatically give you a criminal record?
I have never been arrested, but because of this traffic situation I had to come to court. They wrote on a sheet that I was guilty of driving too fast for conditions but for several various reasons I ended up with 6 months probation. So even though the driving thing only goes on my driving record, not criminal record, will the probation show up on my criminal record? I am trying to get a job soon and hope this won't hurt my chances. Thanks!
....I am a retired police officer. I retired as a sergeant, after 29 years, from a very large department, about 12,000 officers. I was a patrol officer for 4 years in a very diverse area. I was a tactical officer in the high rise project areas of my city. We called it vertical patrol in that we walked the the stairways of the high rises most of the time. I did that for 5 years and was promoted by test to detective. I worked violent crime (homicide, sex, officer involved shootings, robbery, kidnapping, serious non property incidents) for 11 years until I was promoted to sergeant. I worked as a street supervisor, a bicycle patrol supervisor and a desk sergeant/watch commander.
During my time as a tactical officer and a detective I was a unit representative for the police union.
I have a B.A in English and an M.S. in Law Enforcement Administration....
I kinda need more details on exactly what you did to be able to tell you. If the ONLY thing you were found guilty of was a traffic violation, it should only show up on your driving record. If you've done anything else (by traffic situation, I'm assuming you did something apart from a simple traffic violation since you got probation for it) then whatever you did to get probation will be on your criminal record.