"Have You Ever...?"
I spend more time arguing with my clients over this question than I do over any other, as society in general and lawyers in particular become ever more the focus of our inquiry into the lack of ethics in our society. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Go read "Saints and Superheroes" in our Overview section.)
So let me make one thing perfectly clear, and let there be no mistake about it:
All of the following might be asked, and if so, must be reported:
None of these things will keep you from being admitted to law school or becoming a lawyer. Failure to disclose them will.
So if you find yourself thinking, "I don't really have to report this because...," start over and write it all down.
"But I wasn't Arrested!"
After having enormous fights with two clients in 2010 over their assertion that they had pled guilty to a crime but had never been arrested, I figured out that they did not understand the concept of a non-custodial arrest. If you are stopped by a cop for a relatively minor offense, like smoking a joint or parking in a handicapped spot, and the police officer hands you a ticket that says "misdemeanor," on it somewhere, you have been arrested.