If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can I then describe them as being "convicted"? I recognise that a person who pleads guilty to a crime will have a conviction on their record. The confusion arises because, in the passive phrase "John was convicted", the implication is that he was convicted by a subject. It seems strange to say that John convicted himself.
To put it simply, is "John plead guilty" synonymous with "John was convicted"?