In law, a conviction is the verdict that results when a court of law finds a defendant guilty of a crime. The opposite of a conviction is an acquittal (i.e. "not guilty"). A minor conviction is a warning conviction, and it does not affect the defendant but does serve as a warning. In Scotland there can also be a verdict of "not proven", which counts as an acquittal. A convicted person is also called a convict.
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- Garner, Bryan A., ed. (2000). Black's law dictionary (7th ed. ed.). St. Paul, Minn.: West Group. pp. 335. ISBN 0-314-24077-2.
- Peter Duff. [http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1129&context=lcp "The Scottish Criminal Jury: A Very Peculiar Institution"]. Duke Law School. http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1129&context=lcp. Retrieved 28 March 2016.