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What is a Criminal Record?

A criminal record is a record of your criminal history on the National Criminal Register.
This history is accessible to potential employers, lenders, and others who use it to access your credibility and trustworthiness. It lists every criminal offense where you were guilty or were found guilty by a court, from speeding tickets to all arrests. You can however do a Criminal Record Expungement after 10 years if you qualify.

Job hunting with a Record

Job hunting without a record is hard enough in today’s economy. Having a record makes this process so much harder. Before a potential employee hires a candidate, it is common to run a background check. The nature of your crime is very much taken into consideration and will affect your job prospects.

Traveling with a Record

Whether you want to go on holiday or attend a wedding, you must look into the policies of the country you want to go to as each country differs on whether or not they allow people with a criminal record to enter the country.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record

You can apply for expungement of your criminal record in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, to the Director-General: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Firstly, an expungement is a process where a convict has his/her convictions cleared from the criminal record database.

This allows you to carry on with life without a criminal record is an obstruction to employment opportunities.

You can apply to have your Record to be Expunged when:

  • a period of 10 years has passed after the date of the conviction for that offense.
  • you have not been convicted and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during those 10 years.
  • the sentence was corporal punishment.
  • the sentence was postponed or you were cautioned and discharged.
  • the sentence was a fine not exceeding R20 000.
  • the sentence was imprisonment with the option to pay a fine (not more than R20 000) instead of serving the period of imprisonment.
  • the suspension of the sentence of imprisonment wholly.
  • the sentence was correctional supervision in terms of section 276(1)(h) of the Act.
  • the sentence was imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Act.
  • the sentence was periodical imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(c) of the Act.
  • Provide they remove your name from the National Register of Sex Offenders. Or the National Child Protection Register, if relevant.

A criminal record is a record of your criminal history on the National Criminal Register.
As a result, this history is accessible to potential employers, lenders, and others who use it to access your credibility and trustworthiness. Moreover, it lists every criminal offense to which you have pleaded guilty. Or found guilty by a court, from speeding tickets to all arrests. You can however do a Criminal Record Expungement after 10 years if you qualify.

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