Having a criminal record can make your personal and professional life extremely difficult. Necessities such as applying for a job or renting a house can be challenging. Your reputation in the community can suffer, you may be prohibited from certain lines of work, and even travelling abroad – especially to places like the US and Canada – may no longer be possible.
When an individual is convicted of an offence, it becomes part of their criminal record. If that conviction is ‘spent’, it will no longer appear on your National Police Certificate. And, generally speaking, you do not need to tell anyone about that conviction.
Seek the right legal representation
Although often desired, spent convictions are not easily given; they are only given by the court in exceptional cases. Therefore, we highly recommend you seek the help of a lawyer with extensive experience in spent convictions. Porter Scudds has a strong understanding of all relevant points a magistrate takes into account when hearing such an application, and has successfully applied for spent convictions for numerous clients.