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Sentencing & criminal records

Learn the possible sentences for a criminal offence, and about criminal records.

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Conditional sentences, probation, and discharges

Conditional sentences, probation, and discharges

If you are guilty of a criminal offence, a judge will decide your sentence. Learn about some of the possible sentences: a discharge, a suspended sentence, and a conditional sentence.

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Criminal records and record suspensions

Criminal records and record suspensions

Information about a person found guilty of a crime is kept in their criminal record. Learn about criminal records, including how to apply for a record suspension (formerly a pardon).

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