According to most dictionaries: If you have been convicted, then you’ve been tried in a court of law, and deemed guilty of a crime; hence you have been convicted and are a person with a criminal conviction on their record.
From another perspective people might say; If you believe in something, then show us the courage of your convictions. In other words act upon what you believe.
And so it came to pass. In the 2010 film, Conviction, which stars Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, both of these perspectives come into play. Swank portrays the real life Bette Anne Waters. Rockwell portrays her brother Kenny Waters. Each are the product of a single broken family. Their mother produced a number of children – what was it – nine children with seven fathers? So the children grew up without much in the way of supervision. Bette Ann and Kenny were extremely close and together they broke into houses and committed small acts of vandalism as children. Ultimately they were separated and placed into different foster homes. But they remained close.
Bette Anne grew up and was a high school dropout and a single mother of two children herself. Kenny’s path was a bit rougher, and he acquired a record of small crimes and was known to be violent person.
A woman is murdered and Kenny is brought in as a possible suspect by Police Officer Nancy Taylor (Melissa Leo had the role). But he is soon released. Two years later he is again arrested on this same charge. This time the case goes to trial, and Kenny Waters is convicted of the murder. His sentence? Life in prison without parole.