Impact of a criminal record

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If you are thinking about risking arrest or have recently been charged, you may be interested in how a possible charge or conviction could affect you in the future.

Having a criminal record may affect you in two key ways. First, a criminal record can be accessed by the Police in investigating future criminal activity and relied on in subsequent criminal proceedings against you. Second, it may appear on an official police record requested by you. It is the second of these circumstances that attract the most queries.