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Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Does the application ask you a specific question about declarations?
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (“ROA”), subject to certain exceptions, those convicted of a criminal offence who have not re-offended during a specified period from the date of conviction will be deemed 'rehabilitated' and their convictions would be classified as 'spent'. Spent convictions do not have to be declared if an employer is asking if you have a criminal record, unless the employment is for an exempt position (you should be told in the application form if the position is exempt).
A fine and a community service order both become sent after a year so a year after conviction you would have become rehabilitated and you would not have a criminal record. So you can now safely tick No if you are asked whether you have a criminal record.
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