When you are arrested, the police will place a "case awaiting trial" mark on your criminal record, indicating that you have been charged with a crime and that the outcome is pending. This mark may make it appear as though you have a criminal record, as it will be labeled as "illicit activity identified."

After the case has concluded, with either charges dropped, a conviction, or a successful defense, the police will remove this mark or update it with the appropriate outcome. Unfortunately, there are instances where the police may neglect to remove or update the "case awaiting trial" mark, resulting in a permanent criminal record if left unaddressed.