Grounds for Deregistration/Refusal: What is a spent conviction?
To help those with lesser offences, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables criminalconvictions to become spent or ignored after a specific period of time. Prison sentencesexceeding 2.5 years (30 months) never become spent convictions. We are legally barred fromincluding a spent conviction as reason for refusal of a WOWGR registration. The variousperiods, where a conviction can be considered spent, are listed below:
|Sentence||Rehabilitation period for people aged 17 or under when convicted||Rehabilitation period for people aged 18 or over when convicted|
|Prison sentences of 6 months or less||3.5 Years||7 Years|
|Prison sentences of 6 months to 2.5 years||5 Years||10 Years|
|Borstal||7 Years||7 Years|
|Fines, compensation, probation, community service, combination, action plan, drug treatment and testing and preparation orders||2.5 Years||5 Years|
|Absolute discharge||6 months||6 months|