My dilemma is this: I've been accepted into several schools that all require criminal background checks, and failed to mention on my application that I was arrested at a political demonstration several years ago. I received deferred adjudication (the application asked about that as well as convictions) and it was subsequently expunged from my record, so I naively thought I didn't have to include it. I thought expunged = gone, but I heard recently that this isn't always so. I ran a background check on myself and discovered that while there is no remaining criminal record, there is a civil record (strangely) of the fees I payed to the probation office, so if the schools see this record, they'll know I was on probation for something. Have I put myself in an impossible predicament? Will they even look for civil records? I don't know if I should contact the school I choose and try to explain, or just hope that it doesn't come up. If anyone knows anything about this, I'd appreciate some advice - I'm really worried.