Am I missing something in my view of the legal matters?
A city cafe owner was warned twice about his dirty premises and then finally charged after he took no action. Before the courts, he was fined and no conviction recorded.
Some lads have their wicked ways with a ten year old lass and are not sent to gaol. Aside from rights or wrongs of the sentence, no convictions recorded.
I am sure there are some minor matters where it is perhaps appropriate to not record a conviction, but the above two examples are very serious matters.
Keep your eyes peeled for the phrase, no conviction recorded.