I read the forum for Section 10 under Criminal Law where defendants can appeal against a conviction for minor offences. I asked my local court in Victoria and they said that there was nothing like that in Victoria and that the charge remains. I have a 'drunk in public' charge from 2009 that police told me not to turn up and defend in court as there was nothing for me to defend. When I got the paperwork, it said the matter was 'Discharged', which I thought at the time meant no conviction. I only found out recently when applying for jobs that this is a criminal charge. Is this forum mainly for NSW matters? Have I lost my opportunity to provide character evidence to the court?