Dealing With A Criminal Conviction
Andrew Moxon (Solicitor) gives expert video advice on: Does my criminal history ever get deleted from police files?; How do I check what information the police have about me on file?; When applying for a job do I have to tell them that I have a criminal record? and more...
Does my criminal history ever get deleted from police files?
The police and the courts will always keep a record of your criminal history - record of any reprimands, warnings, cautions or convictions that you have. If you re-offend, the courts may want to know about that criminal history because it may become relevant to the new offence.
What is a 'rehabilitation period'?
A rehabilitation period is the period that has to elapse before your conviction becomes spent. How long that period is depends on the sentence you've received for the offence. After your rehabilitation period, your conviction becomes spent and you therefore do not need to declare it.
If I am in my rehabilitation period do I have to declare my past conviction?
If you are in your rehabilitation period, you do have to declare your past convictions if asked to do so.
When do I have to declare my criminal convictions?
You have to declare your criminal convictions when asked to do so. The best example of this would be in a job application. Normally in a job application there is a form that you have to complete that asks you if you have any criminal convictions. If your conviction is not spent then you will have to declare that criminal conviction.
When applying for a job do I have to tell them that I have a criminal record?
When you are applying for a job, if you are asked whether you have a criminal conviction, you will have to declare that conviction if it is not spent. A reprimand, final warning, or caution are not convictions, and therefore, if you're asked to declare whether you have any criminal convictions, you do not have to declare those when applying for a job.