The Spent Convictions Scheme is intended to reduce disadvantage and discrimination for specific Victorians, especially First Nations people. In March 2021, Victoria introduced the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) (Act), which allows for some findings of guilt to become ‘spent’, and therefore no longer appear on a person’s criminal record. This makes it easier for people to seek employment, housing, and other things necessary for meaningful participation in society.
The scheme addresses the discrimination faced by certain people and the likelihood that First Nations Victorians and others are more likely to have minor criminal convictions. A person is not required to disclose to another person the existence of a spent conviction, or information in relation to it.
Certain convictions were immediately spent following the legislation going into effect, without the need for an application to the court. Some of these convictions included offences committed when the person was under the age of 15 years and infringement convictions.
Serious convictions may be spent on application to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. An application can be made only after the conviction period has expired. The conviction period commences from the date that the court made a finding of guilt.
How Can We Help You with Spent Convictions?
RV Legal can assist with applications for serious conviction to be spent. Serious convictions include:
- Convictions with a sentence of more than 30 months’ imprisonment
- Convictions for a serious violent offence
- Convictions for a sexual offence.
Why Choose RV Legal?
RV Legal was founded to provide a better, more compassionate and more humanising legal experience. Our team are passionate about helping people receive the best possible outcome when facing criminal charges. If you have been convicted of a crime and are eligible for the Spent Convictions Scheme, we can help to talk through your options, file an application with the Magistrates’ Court, and remove your offence from your criminal record so that you can pursue more opportunities.
We are dedicated and knowledgeable lawyers with experience working with people from all walks of life. We will always ensure that you understand your options and the steps that we are taking on your behalf, empowering you in the process so that you can be satisfied with the result.
We understand that the legal system can be confusing, frustrating and complex, which is why we offer a supportive and compassionate ear throughout the process so that you can ask questions and find information. When you work with us, you’re never left wondering where you stand.
Fixed Priced Spent Convictions Scheme Applications
RV Legal offer a spent convictions application service for a fixed price.
You can work with an experience and qualified lawyer to have your conviction spent for $1000. This price is all inclusive, so you won’t be left with any unexpected payments or expenses when you work with the team at RV Legal.
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