I really appreciate everyone's help and thank you in advance for the answers.
Several years ago, out of sheer adventurousness and youthful stupidity, I began working at a New York S&M club. There was no sex whatsoever; it was a real-deal place. However, several months into my dabbling with chains and whips, a squad of police officers broke down our door and arrested every Domme they found inside. Once on the inside, my lawyer informed me that the decoy claimed that we all agreed to have sexual intercourse with him--a complete and utter lie, of course, but it was their word against ours. I have, indeed, met with with the customer who then turned out to be a police decoy; he never mentioned sexual intercourse (he would be immediately ejected if he were to do so); i informed him that the things he did request--cross-dressing, as far as I remember--were not my specialty.
Long story short, I ended up pleading "no contest" to a prostitution charge, since, according to the legal counsel, the cops' word would be believed over mine. I put the nightmarish experience of dealing with New York's "finest" behind me and never had run-ins with the law again.
Now, i am about to graduate from college with a major in Translation Studies. I would like to continue pursuing my studies in Japan. However, I am afraid I will be denied student visa by the Japanese embassy. Would they consider "no contest" the same as conviction? Do I have a better chance to get a visa if I opt to lie on my application?