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HOW WE ASSIST YOU TO REMOVE OR EXPUNGE YOUR SOUTH-AFRICAN CRIMINAL RECORD?

How we help? Our expungement services 
An expungement is not easy to process and requires intimate knowledge of the legal system. Let us handle yours professionally and quickly. Getting the process wrong may cost you months and lost opportunities.

How can we help?
If you meet the criteria you can choose to apply to have your record expunged, which is a free service offered by the Justice Department and the Constitutional Development department. However, we understand the process might be overwhelming, which is why we are here to help you.
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Louwrens Koen Attorneys is your legal companion. Our experts can help advise you on how follow the correct legal procedure and what legal steps you might be able to take to clear your criminal record.

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How do I remove or expunge my criminal record?
You can apply for expungement of your criminal record in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, to the Director-General: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
Expungement of a criminal record is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is removed from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service.
This allows you to carry on with life without a criminal record being an obstruction to employment opportunities.
You can apply to have your criminal record expunged when:
  • a period of 10 years has passed after the date of the conviction for that offence.
  • you have not been convicted and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during those 10 years.
  • the sentence was corporal punishment.
  • the sentence was postponed, or you were cautioned and discharged.
  • the sentence was a fine not exceeding R20 000.
  • the sentence was imprisonment with the option to pay a fine (not more than R20 000) instead of serving the period of imprisonment. 
  • the sentence of imprisonment was suspended wholly.
  • the sentence was correctional supervision in terms of section 276(1)(h) of the Act.
  • the sentence was imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Act.
  • the sentence was periodical imprisonment in term of section 276(1)(c) of the Act.
  • proof is provided that your name has been removed from the National Register of Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register, if relevant.
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WHEN CAN A PERSON APPLY FOR AN EXPUNGEMENT OF A CRIMINAL RECORD?

  • When a period of 10 years has lapsed after the date of the conviction for that offence.
  • when the person has not been convicted and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during those 10 years; and
  • provided that the person was sentenced to any of the following sentences:
    • Corporal punishment.
    • Sentence was postponed or the person was cautioned and discharged.
    • Fine not exceeding R20 000.
    • Imprisonment with the option to pay a fine instead of serving the period of imprisonment.
    • Imprisonment was suspended wholly.
    • Correctional supervision in terms of section 276(1)(h) of the Act.
    • Imprisonment in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Act.
    • Periodical imprisonment in term of section 276(1)(c) of the Act
  • If a person was convicted of a sexual offence against a child or a mentally disabled person proof must be provided that such a person’s name was not entered into the National Register of Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register, or if it was entered, proof that such a person’s name has been removed from the relevant Register.
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Most popular reasons to remove criminal record 

Job hunting with a record
Job hunting without a record is hard enough in today’s economy. Having a record makes this process so much harder. Before a potential employee hires a candidate, it is common to run a background check. The nature of your crime is very much taken into consideration and will affect your job prospects.

Travelling with a record
Whether you want to go on holiday or attend a wedding, you must look into the policies of the country you want to go to as each country differs on whether or not they allow people with a criminal record to enter the country.

You have moved on with your life

Finally older and wiser, no longer under the wrong influences. You are finally ready to move on with your life and need to be freed from the unwise life choices of your past.

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It's Time!

To Free Yourself from your Past

Expungement criteria set out in detail.  

The expungement process is a criminal record removal process which applies to convictions that meet a certain criteria and allow individuals in South Africa to have a chance at a fresh start with no criminal record. In our law, there is unfortunately no “automatic expungement”, which means that a conviction from over 50 years ago will still need to be removed through the criminal record removal process. 

The requirements that must be met before a conviction will qualify for a guaranteed expungement are listed in Section 271B (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 as amended. A person with a criminal record will qualify for an expungement if:

 1.    A period of 10 (ten) years has lapsed since the date of conviction (not the date of the commission of the offence as some people think); 

2.    The individual was not sentenced to a period of direct imprisonment or a fine of over R20 000 for the offence; and 

3.    The individual has not been convicted of any other offence during that 10 (ten) year period where they were sentenced to direct imprisonment without the option of a fine for that second offence. An individual will also fail to qualify if he or she was convicted of a sexual offence against a child or a person who is mentally disabled or of an offence where he or she was found unsuitable to work with children. 

Having your name included on the National Register for Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register will also mean that you will not qualify unless your name has since been removed from same. The expungement process takes between 4 and 6 months from date of submission of the application, depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department of Justice at that particular time and also depending on the time of year (the applications tend to taker longer over the Festive and Easter periods). 

We do however do whatever we can to expedite the process and to ensure the smooth processing of your application as we are able to contact the specific Legal Administrations Officer dealing with your expungement on your behalf. Once the expungement has been processed and approved by the Department of Justice, it must then be sent to the Criminal Record Centre in Pretoria, which is where the conviction/s qualifying for expungement are physically removed from your criminal record. 

The CRC will then send a letter of confirmation to us, confirming that the specific conviction/s that qualified for expungement has/have been successfully removed. Once this is done, the individual may apply for a new Police Clearance Certificate at their nearest police station and the convictions that were expunged will no longer appear at all. Should this sound like something that you or someone you know would be interested in, please Contact Us for further information and assistance in securing your fresh start today.


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When will you not qualify for an expungement?
You will not be able to qualify for an expungement if:
you were condemned of a sexual offence against a child or a mentally challenged person;
your name appears in the National Register for sex offenders or the National Child Protection Register;
your fine is over R20,000.00; and
you have been incarcerated for a serious crime without the option of a fine.

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Louwrens Koen Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries is a dynamic law firm, which believes that all clients must enjoy quality and cost-effective service using electronic media technology. We have a modern outlook on life and have modern solutions for today's problems and needs without compromising on traditional values.

Louwrens Koen was admitted as an Attorney in 1995 after completing his BLC LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria. He is also an admitted Conveyancer, Notary Public and University Guest Lecturer. Louwrens Koen was admitted as an Attorney in 1995 after completing his BLC LL.B. degrees from the University of Pretoria. He is also an admitted Conveyancer and Notary Public and is the author of hundreds of law related articles.

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The procedure for having a Criminal record expunged
The procedure for applying for an expungement of a criminal record is set out in section 271D of the Criminal Procedure Act and the regulations thereto.28 Excluding apartheid era offences, the first step in the application for expungement is to obtain a ‘clearance certificate’ showing that a period of ten years has lapsed after the conviction(s) and sentencing.

The clearance certificate can be applied for at a police station29 and a fee of R160.00 is payable upon application for a clearance certificate. Applications in respect of section 271B must use Form A. Applications in respect of section 271C (2)(a) (offences based on race) must use Form B.

Applications in respect of section 271C(2)(a) (offences listed under apartheid era laws) must use Form C. Form C applies to those instances where the records should have been automatically expunged, but this did not happen. In respect of racebased offences and specific apartheid era law, there is no need to submit the SAPS certificate of clearance. The full applications must be submitted to the Director General: Justice and Constitutional Development who, if the applicant meets the criteria for expungement, issue a certificate of expungement; Form D in the Regulations.

The certificate of expungement must then be submitted by the Director General: Justice and Constitutional Development to the head of the Criminal Records Centre of SAPS. Upon the receipt of the certificate of expungement, the Head of the Criminal Records Centre of SAPS (or such delegated official) must expunge the record as indicated. The Head of the Criminal Records Centre of SAPS will, however, not automatically inform the applicant of the expungement and will only do so upon the written request of the applicant.

In the event that there is a dispute or uncertainty whether an offence meets the requirements in section 271C(1) or section 271C(2), the matter must be referred to the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. If the Minister decides that it does meet the requirements in section 271C(1) or section 271C(2), the Minister may issue a certificate of expungement (Form E). It should be noted that in respect of applications made under section 271B(1), there is no dispute resolution mechanism.

The process of having a criminal record expunged is not an easy one and may be confusing and intimidating to the lay person. At minimum the applicant has to interact with three entities: the police upon application for a clearance certificate; the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and the SAPS Criminal Record Centre (on two occasions).

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An expungement is not easy to process and requires intimate knowledge of the legal system. Let us handle yours professionally and quickly. Getting the process wrong may cost you months and lost opportunities. 
Criminal records can be expunged only if the following criteria are met:
  • Ten years have passed since the date of your criminal conviction
  • You have not been convicted of any other offences and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine during the ten years since your original conviction.
  • The fine imposed for the conviction did not exceed R20,000.
  • You were not convicted of a sexual offence against a child or a person who is mentally disabled, and your name is not registered in the National Register for Sex Offenders.
  • You were not found unsuitable to work with children by a criminal court, and your name is not included in the National Child Protection Register.
  • You were not convicted of a crime on the base of race.
  • You were convicted of an offence which would not be regarded as an offence in an open and democratic society based on human dignity equality and freedom under the democratic constitutional dispensation.
An expungement refers to the removal of criminal judgements on your criminal record. Many people have criminal records expunged in order to obtain visas and other statuses/documents. In the information on this page, we will be taking a look at what criminal record expungements are and how you can go about getting your records expunged.
When criminal records are expunged, it means that your criminal record is sealed and will not be indicated on a SAPS Police Clearance Certificate. It comes down to “wiping your slate clean,” making it look like you never had a criminal record, and unless you are specifically asked to do so, you do not have to declare that record.

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