Criminal Convictions - How and When to Tell Others
You may have a conviction if you have admitted to or been found guilty of a crime. This section looks at what is a criminal conviction, a criminal record and when and how to tell someone about this. This section is for people with mental illness who may have been involved with the criminal justice system. And their carers, friends and relatives.
- You may have a conviction if you have pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of a crime.
- A criminal record has information about your contact with the police.
- Employers, insurance companies and visa applications for going abroad sometimes ask about previous convictions.
- You might not need to tell people about everything that is on your criminal record.
- If you have a conviction you may only have to tell someone about it for a certain amount of time. After this time, the conviction becomes known as ‘spent’.
- If you don’t tell an employer about convictions when you should do they might take action. They might later dismiss you or start legal proceedings.
This section covers:
- What is a criminal record?
- What is a conviction and when does it become ‘spent’?
- What is disclosure and why is it important?
- When do I have to disclose?
- How do I disclose?
- What is a DBS check?
- Will criminal convictions affect my insurance?
- Will criminal convictions affect me going abroad?
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service. Last reviewed in May 2017. Next review May 2020.
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