Charles Weisselberg Clarifies State and Federal Definitions of ‘Conviction’

KTUU-TV, Oct. 31, 2008 by Jason Lamb and Rebecca Palsha

A professor of Law at Berkeley Law School, Charles Weisselberg said the term “conviction” can be used in two different contexts. “We’ll often hear the word conviction when the jury returns a verdict of guilty,” said Weisselberg. “That’s the most common and well-understood use of the word. But in federal court, a conviction isn’t made final in the trial court until the person has been sentenced.”