Q & A - Criminal Law

Q: Will convictions stay on my criminal record for life?

Most convictions will become ‘spent’ after a certain period of time. ‘Spent’ means that the conviction will no longer be on your criminal record.

Q: Who can charge you?

Depends on the type of criminal offence you allegedly committed and where it happened. For example, you could be charged by: NSW Police, Federal Police; Transport for NSW (TfNSW)(formerly known as Roads and Maritime Services or RMS); Councils; Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions or Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions; and NSW Environment Protection Authority.

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