What is a criminal record?
When the court finds you guilty of an offence and if the conviction is recorded, certain conditions will apply.
Driving & Traffic Related Records
Your driving record contains all your traffic offenses committed in NSW, including paid up fines (excluding parking offenses), and disputed traffic offenses in which the court convicted you.
Section 10 dismissals are also included in your driving record; these are instances in which you are found guilty, but no conviction is recorded.
The record will include:
- dates of any offences
- type of offences
- fine or penalty received
- number of demerit points
- where an offence was cautioned by the SDRO
If you attend court after receiving a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) or you choose to take the penalty notice to court and you are found guilty, your driving record may influence your sentence.
Service NSW will provide a copy of your driving record on request.
A criminal record contains all serious traffic offenses as well as other general offenses for which you have been found guilty and convicted in court.
Some of the more serious traffic offences include:
- driving whilst disqualified
- convictions for negligent driving causing injury
- drink driving convictions
Whether you elect to go to court with your Penalty Notice, or because you received a Court Attendance Notice, your driving and criminal record may influence your sentence if the magistrate finds you guilty.
The NSW Police Force Website contains a 'Criminal Records' section where you can request a copy of your record.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.