make this as short as possible, but I believe some of the details are needed in order to efficiently answer the question. I am 21 years old and a 3rd year Chemistry major. I have a 3.9 overall GPA and 4.0 science. Now here's the problem: I pled guilty to a felony when I was 17 years old. I was basically in the wrong place at the wrong time when this occurred. I know everyone says this, but this is the truth. That was my first ever "run in with the law" and my last. I was sentenced to 5 years probation, and I was released after 2 years because I had not violated my probation. I had the conviction expunged from my criminal record, which basically erases it as if it never happened. I must add that the conviction was not a drug offense. I am very concerned over what exactly I should do. I have not told my pre-med advisor of this because I am not totally sure how and if it is the right thing to do. The paramount questions that I really need answered are: Will this prevent me from being accepted? Will this prevent me from obtaining a license? Where can I get further information or who could professionally answer my questions? I plan on taking the MCAT in April of 2002, which will by senior year, but I plan on taking a year off to work and take care of unrelated issues. Allow me to add one more piece of information. My parents divorced when I was 5 years old, and my grandparents obtained custody of me. I did, however, frequently visit both of parents, but never built a close relationship with either. My grandfather passed away when I was 13 years old, and at the same time, my grandmother lost her job of 25 years. My grandmother struggled financially until I was 16, and I unfortunately quit high school, obtained my GED and worked to help her with the finances. We have since paid off all of her bills and she is living comfortably now. I had to obtain an Associates degree at a community college, where I earned a 4.0 GPA, before I could be accepted into the university that I am currently attending. None of my medical school prerequisites were taken at the community college. Now I really thought I could explain this in my personal statement, that is why I am pursing it. But the more I think about it, the more I believe that I need to face reality, and find another career. If anyone can offer any advice please do so, and I greatly appreciate it. If there is a counselor or anyone out there that needs more information, and willing to help, e-mail me at [email protected] and I will get back to you. Thanks everyone.