When charged with a crime, the importance of having reliable, trustworthy and experienced legal assistance at your disposal cannot be over emphasized. In practice however, many people do not have access to good legal representation, receive poor advice or may themselves end up making bad decisions in their case. This could ultimately result in a criminal conviction. Where somebody has been found guilty or has pleaded guilty to an offence in Court, or in certain cases, paid an admission of guilt fine to the Police, that person will have a criminal conviction recorded against their name in the criminal record database. Where such a criminal conviction is not successfully appealed, it will remain as a blemish against that person’s record for the rest of their life. The criminal justice system and the Courts in general also regard people who have previous criminal convictions with far more circumspection, should they ever be charged with another offence.
Expungement of a criminal record is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is expunged (or removed) from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service.