Individuals who have been found not guilty or who have had their cases dismissed will not have a criminal record. However, if a person is convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to probation, a fine or a prison sentence, then the person will have a criminal record. If a person is given a fine, a prison sentence, or probation as a result of a suspended sentence, they will always have a criminal record unless they apply for, and are given, a pardon. If a person is given probation as a result of a conditional discharge, then the person’s criminal record will get an automatic pardon (without applying for one) three years after they finish their probation.
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