Cleansing or appealing a very old criminal conviction
February 25, 2014 6:05 AM Subscribe
I have a criminal conviction for a really minor (albeit drug related) offence from 25 years ago. Is there any way I can have this struck from my record?
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I was in the Navy at the time (in Western Australia), and I was living in a Naval dwelling with my defacto wife at the time. The naval and local police came and searched my house and found a bong (referred to as a 'smoking implement' in my recorded conviction). I was arrested and charged. A Petty Officer, with no legal training, acted as my defence, and ordered me to plead guilty. The Judge fined me $120 and recorded a conviction. I have managed to have the conviction 'spent
' which means that it's not visible to employers, however for Visa and immigration purposes it is definitely visible. The consequence of this recording means that I have been forced to lie on various Visa applications when travelling, and is likely to negate future migration for myself and family.
Does anyone know if such old cases can be appealed or is there some precedent that may be relevant?