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SA Old Drugs Possession Charge on Police Check - Impact on Career?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by stylewalls, 24 March 2015.

  1. stylewalls

    stylewalls Member

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    I have a recently got my national police check - shocked to find a cannabis drugs possession charge from 1997 for $75.00. I am/was applying to register as a professional counsellor. Will it affect my registration as a health professional? Can I get it spent? Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. Ivy

    Ivy Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm not across the criminal law, particularly in SA, so hopefully someone else on here can give you a more definite answer. However, I did have a look at the criminal record laws in SA and from my reading, it looks as though your conviction may be spent. If this is the case, it wouldn't/ shouldn't show up on a police check anymore. However under the exclusions to spent convictions, some agencies are still able to access the spent convictions. Have a look here: Criminal records

    Also, is there a peak body that you need to register with before practicing as a counsellor? If so, you should look up their admission guidelines and see what it says about applicants with a criminal record for a minor offence.
     
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    Thank you so much. I might apply for a spent conviction anyhow. Got nothing to lose. Yeah there is a peak body of christians…lol.. They wont like it. Discrimination is a real b***h … Hypocrisy is alive and well here in SA
     

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