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Erase your Criminal Record

in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act 51 of 1977)

Verdict

EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORD

 

WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT OF A CRIMINAL RECORD?

  • Expungement of a criminal record is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is expunged from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service.

  • This allows a person to carry on with life without a criminal record being an obstruction to employment opportunities as well as travelling/working  abroad.

 

WHEN CAN A PERSON APPLY FOR AN EXPUNGEMENT OF A CRIMINAL RECORD?

  • When a period of 10 years has lapsed after the date of the conviction for that offence;

  • when the person has not been convicted and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during those 10 years; and

  • provided that the person was sentenced to any of the following sentences:

    • Corporal punishment.

    • Sentence was postponed or the person was cautioned and discharged.

    • Fine not exceeding R20 000.

    • Imprisonment with the option to pay a fine instead of serving the period of imprisonment.

    • Imprisonment was suspended wholly.

    • Correctional supervision in terms of section 276(1)(h) of the Act.

    • Imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Act.

    • Periodical imprisonment in term of section 276(1)(c) of the Act

  • If a person was convicted of a sexual offence against a child or a mentally disabled person proof must be provided that such a person’s name was not entered into the National Register of Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register, or if it was entered, proof that such a person’s name has been removed from the relevant Register.

 

A PERSON WILL NOT QUALIFY IF:

  • When a period of 10 years has not lapsed after the date of the conviction.

  • When a person was sentenced to direct imprisonment.

  • When a fine of more than R20 000 was imposed.

  • When a person was sentenced to direct imprisonment (the imprisonment was not suspended and there was not the option of a fine) during the relevant 10 year period.

  • His or her name is included in the National Register for Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register and his or her name has not been removed from the National Register for Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register.

 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION

  • A clearance certificate issued by the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service issued on a date 10 years after the conviction(s) and sentence(s).

  • Confirmation stating that your name has been removed from the National Register for Sex Offences or the National Child Protection Register if your name has been included in any of these registers.

To enable us to proceed, we will need the following (Only if you meet the criteria above):

  • Clearance certificate showing that a period of 10 years has lapsed after the conviction(s) and sentence(s). It must be obtained from the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service. Visit your nearest Police Station to apply. Download the applicable document here; and

  • Copy of your ID-document or Passport; and

  • Proof of residential address.

Please email the above to wjlaw111@gmail.com for an obligation-free quotation.  

Everything will be done electronically, no need to consult with us in person.

Expungement of Criminal Records
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