If you have been found guilty of a criminal offence you may be able to avoid having a conviction recorded against you if the Court chooses to dismiss the charge under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
What sort of crimes may be dealt with under Section 10?
Any criminal or traffic matter may be dealt with under section 10, including potentially serious offences. What is required is a finding of guilt, which may arise either because you have pleaded guilty, or because you were found guilty after contesting the charge.
What will the Court look at when deciding whether to dismiss under Section 10?
The Court will consider:
What conditions will the court impose with a Section 10 dismissal?
If you are successful in seeking a section 10 dismissal, the court may:
Where can I get advice?
You should speak with an experienced traffic lawyer before you go to court, so they have the opportunity to assess your eligibility for a section 10 dismissal of charge, and prepare for the hearing.