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I was convicted of section 20 GBH in 1993. I received a nine

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I was convicted of section 20 GBH in 1993. For which I received a nine month sentence.
I am presently filling in job applications, and on some of them it's stating that due to the nature of the work, I will need to declare any 'unspent' convictions.
Someone suggested to me that acts of violence are never spent and I will always have to declare it if asked.
My question is, does this ever become spent, can I say I have no unspent convictions, and if so would it show on a basic dbs. I know it will for a standard and enhanced one.
Many thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  propertylawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi John

Thanks for your question.

It depends on your age when convicted.

Spent after 2 years if 17 or under when convicted. Otherwise spent after 4 years.

Spent convictions do not show on a basic crb check but they do on standard and enhanced searches.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** confirm, I can put that I have no unspent convictions, I was over 18 regardsJohn
Expert:  propertylawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi John

If you were convicted in 1993 then the convictions will be spent.

To say you have unspent convictions means they are recent which they are not.