People are usually surprised that they have a criminal record when the outcome of the trial was an absolute or conditional discharge. Once you have been fingerprinted, your criminal record can be seen in a criminal record check and can prevent you from getting work or traveling to the US.
Below is a real life example of how a conditional discharge can negatively impact a person’s life. This person requires a file destruction to remove their prints, photos, court and police records:
“I am writing to find out what my options will be. My ex boyfriend was charged with assault in September 2013 and I signed a consent for contact order. During that time he beat me down more and more and eventually got me so worked up that I but him and I was charged with assault. He admits that he did it to get back at me.”
“Nevertheless I am in a terrible situation now. I left a successful job to purchase a home for us and rely solely on his income. I traded this in for a “simple” life full of empty promises and ended up with a controlling man. I’ve remanded my court date 4 times and also went for diversion which I was denied.”
“The judge is offering me 1 year probation with a conditional discharge. I am a first time offender. Now I am in a new town with a small population and the real estate market is terrible. I need to make it on my own here and many of the positions I qualify for require a criminal background search. I understand that the charge will appear on my record for four years from the sentence date. I can’t afford a lawyer and have been denied legal aid. On feb 20th I need to plead guilty and take the offer or go to trial. I am now looking at pleading guilty and was wondering if it would be possible to have this incident removed from my record ?”
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