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Hi, I was convicted back in October 2007, for false accounting

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Hi, I was convicted back in October 2007, for false accounting with intent to cause loss to someone.I was sentenced to 10 months in jail. I served 2 1/2 months in prison and 2 1/2 months on licence. I have not reoffended since. I have got to the point , now, where I would like to seek employment. I have been reading about spent convictions and wondered when they would apply to me. Also if I qualify and a company did a CRB check on me would it show up??

Max Lowry :

Hi, welcome to Just Answer. I will help you with your question.

Customer:

ok

Max Lowry :

Would this be a basic CRB check that is carried out against your name?

Customer:

Im not sure , what ever an employer would request

Max Lowry :

What type of employment are you thinking of going for? Why role?

Customer:

Probably a basic job like shop work or pub/restaurant work

Max Lowry :

That would be a basic CRB. Enhanced CRBs are used for things like working with children.

Max Lowry :

Basic CRBs show all unspent convictions.

Customer:

that's a possibility with children as I would like to work at my daughters school

Max Lowry :

As you were sentenced to 10 months imprisonment (this is the key, not how long you serve), this means that your conviction becomes spent after 10 years.

Max Lowry :

So in your case the conviction would show up on both a basic and an enhanced CRB.

Max Lowry :

If an enhanced search is carried out then even spent convictions are revealed on them.

Customer:

ok is there any way around this as I really want to work again

Max Lowry :

In all honesty, no.

Max Lowry :

It will stay on a basic CRB for 10 years.

Max Lowry :

The only thing you can do is try and explain it away, and show to your employer that you have changed and learnt new skills and so on.

Customer:

ok thanks for that I,ll just have to take my chance.

Max Lowry :

I'm sorry to have to give you negative news like that.

Max Lowry :

Is there anything else you would like to know?

Customer:

that's ok at least I know now

Customer:

After the 10 years will it automatically come off my crb

Max Lowry :

Yes, it would.

Customer:

that's good, thanks for your help

Max Lowry :

If this answers your question fully, would you rate the answer as highly as you can for me please?

Max Lowry :

Thank you too.

Customer:

no problem you've been very helpful

Max Lowry :

Take care and good luck.

Customer:

thank you

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