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    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93501 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    24 Nov 2013 - 7:37 PM

    Hi....50 years ago, to my shame, I was convicted of buying a TV set which had been stolen,
    Prior to my conviction I was locked in a cell for 2 days and subsequently placed on probation for 12 months.

    Recently, when I applied for an insurance quote I was asked about any criminal convictions.
    I must have answered that question honestly, dozens of times over the last 50 years,
    It cannot have been too important because I was never refused insurance.

    This time I was asked if the conviction was "spent" ....what does "spent" mean please.

    Thanks....Mike

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    chris.maddock
    24 Nov 2013 - 7:43 PM

    According to https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q89.htm


    Quote: A spent conviction is a conviction which, under the terms of Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, can be effectively ignored after a specified amount of time

    http://www.yourrights.org.uk/yourrights/privacy/spent-convictions-and-the-rehabi... would indicate that it was spent either 2 years or 5 years after the conviction.

    On that basis I think you can safely say that it's well and truly spent.


    and I must learn to type faster Wink

    Last Modified By chris.maddock at 24 Nov 2013 - 7:44 PM
    RockinJim
    RockinJim  181 forum posts England
    24 Nov 2013 - 7:55 PM

    Over With, Done With, You Are A Free Man.

    justin c
    justin c  104528 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Nov 2013 - 8:49 PM


    Quote: This time I was asked if the conviction was "spent" ....what does "spent" mean please.

    It means that a pre-determined period of time has elapsed since your conviction. Hence, you're hopefully no longer leading your dishonest and lucrative life of crime that you once indulged in. Who knows where it may end!!!!!
    A dodgy tv one minute, bank jobs, bullion robberies and drug smuggling the next TongueWink

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93501 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    24 Nov 2013 - 8:56 PM

    Cheers guys....totally rehabilitated...no longer a danger to society Smile

    ...actually, I was hoping someone might say....I no longer need to disclose it.

    ....thanks....Mike

    Jestertheclown
    24 Nov 2013 - 9:14 PM


    Quote: ...actually, I was hoping someone might say....I no longer need to disclose it.

    That depends upon who it is that you're not disclosing it to.

    You'll be obliged to mention it if you ever need a CRB check, (I think they're called something else nowadays), regardless of when the conviction expired.

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93501 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    24 Nov 2013 - 9:14 PM


    Quote: No, you don't need to, according to this:

    .....cheers for that....Mike

    thewilliam
    25 Nov 2013 - 11:37 AM

    When you apply for a US visa, no conviction is ever spent.

    On a more practical level, the CRB system, like all government databases, seems to be such a shambles that you might get away with "forgetting" anything that's old or minor.

    keithh
    keithh e2 Member 1023111 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Nov 2013 - 1:55 PM

    50 years..? Dont ever mention it again. It is spent; gone, forgotten.

    Camairish
    Camairish  81276 forum posts Scotland
    30 Nov 2013 - 11:01 PM

    50 years ago! Was it one of those tellys that lived in a wooden cabinet with sliding doors?

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315487 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Dec 2013 - 1:39 AM

    Maybe he thought he had bought a drinks cabinet Smile

    thewilliam
    1 Dec 2013 - 11:21 AM

    When I was a kid, a TV with doors on the front of the cabinet counted as furniture and would be funded by DHSS.

    I overheard a conversation to this effect when I was in a furniture shop. In the 1960s, a colour television cost as much as a small car. Working people usually rented but savvy Social Security claimants could get theirs for free!

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