It is absolutely NOT a conviction. I am attaching a portion of the statute that governs ACD's in New York; it should help put your mind at ease. Criminal Procedure Law Section 170.55 (8) states: The granting of an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal shall not be deemed to be a conviction or an admission of guilt. No person shall suffer any disability or forfeiture as a result of such an order. Upon the dismissal of the accusatory instrument pursuant to this section, the arrest and prosecution shall be deemed a nullity and the defendant shall be restored, in contemplation of law, to the status he occupied before his arrest and prosecution.
Answer Applies to: New York