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If I am convicted of a motoring offence will I have a criminal record?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. If you are convicted of a motoring offence by the court, you will have a criminal record. This applies to all sentences available to the court, including fines, which are imposed by the court in respect of nearly all, if not all, motoring convictions.
However, unlike some more serious crimes, a criminal record for a motoring conviction does not stay with you for life. After a certain period, a criminal record in respect of a motoring conviction will become ‘spent’. This essentially means that you no longer have to declare it to your insurers or in most cases, when you are applying for a job.
Criminal records relating to a motoring conviction are normally spent after five years, although details of certain offences, such as drink driving, remain on your driving licence and DVLA driving record for a much longer period.
A criminal record could have a devastating impact on your life, both personally and professionally.
For further advice on ways in which you could potentially avoid getting a criminal record, contact us now and speak to one of our specialist expert motoring solicitors on 0800 804 8159. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. To find out more about the type of motoring offences we deal with, take a look at our services page.
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Business Crime, Regulation & Driving Offences