Every moment from an arrest matters. As the gears of the criminal justice system slowly begin to crank, past convictions could re-emerge that increase a charge or penalty.
An arrest can happen after a momentary lapse of judgment or a youthful mistake. It is not generally representative of your character. Still, many will form lasting negative opinions based on a past arrest or plea of no contest. These opinions can prevent you from landing the job of your dreams, obtaining a professional license or moving to a new apartment.