Monday, 16 May 2016

It is possible to clear your old criminal records using the expungement procedure

Would you like to clear your criminal record? It is possible by using the expungement procedure!


So, what is the expungement procedure?

Expungement is the process when your criminal record is removed and cleared from your personal record, so you are given the opportunity to start a fresh new life!

Can I apply for expungement? 
  • Only is ten years has lapsed after the date of the conviction for that offence
  • Only if you have not been convicted of any other offence and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during those 10 years
A person will not qualify if:
  • He or she was convicted of a sexual offence against a child or a person who is mentally disabled or of an offence, where he or she was found to be unsuitable to work with children

PROCESS

 - A clearance certificate that shows that ten years has gone by since your conviction must be acquired from the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service.

- Attach your clearance certificate to your application.

- If your name is on the National Register for Sex Offenders, it needs to be removed before you can apply.

- If your name is on the National Child Protection Register, it needs to be removed and attached to the application.

- All the attachedments and the application form must be posted or delivered by hand to the Director-General: Justice and Constitutional Development.

There is always a chance to start over, and the expungement procedure is just that! Don’t let your criminal record hold you back – contact NICRO today and we can help you or a loved one along the way!