Practical information & advice



Here you’ll find links to various parts of this site where we have information and useful resources relating to specific types of offences.

I’ve got motoring convictions – what do I need to know about?

It’s important to know that motoring convictions often result in an endorsement on your licence. The changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in 2014 did not affect motoring endorsements which still have a rehabilitation period of five years. A useful link is:

I’ve got sexual convictions – what do I need to know about?

You’ll need to be aware of the impact of the Sex Offenders Register and any other ancillary orders that you may have been given. Useful links include:



Here you’ll find some of the common advice we give on specific types of offences. This is based on what we’ve learnt as a charity, as well as the real-life experiences of people with convictions.

  • There are different things to consider, depending on the type of offence you have committed. For some specific offences, there are additional systems and processes in place, which is what this section tries to guide you through.


Frequently asked questions

Here you’ll find some specific questions that we regularly get about specific types of offences and the answers we generally provide. More detailed FAQ’s may be included in the information pages above.

Sexual offences

No, you can apply to the police force in your local area to vary the registration time under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) Order 2012. They would take a number of factors into consideration in determining a response to your request.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the rehabilitation period is based on the sentence or out of court disposal handed down to you not the offence that you have been convicted of.
There is no change to the notification periods contained in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. They are separate to the disclosure periods in the ROA. It is therefore possible for you to be subject to notification requirements yet still have that conviction that is ‘spent’ under the ROA.
In certain situations, it may be possible to go back to court to get it amended. More details are available here.
If you were subject to an extended sentence the notification period is calculated using the whole term of the sentence. For instance, if you were sentenced to 4 months in prison plus a four month extended supervision period, the whole term would be 8 months. The resultant notification period would therefore be 10 years rather than 7 years.
The time spent on the SOR would be determined by the custodial element of your sentence, not the suspended part. Therefore, in this case, the time spent on the SOR would be 7 years.
Yes. One of Facebook’s Terms and Conditions is “You will not use Facebook if you are a convicted sex-offender”.
Notification requirements came into force on 1st September 1997 in the Sex Offenders Act 1997. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 repealed the 1997 Act and made considerable changes to the notification requirements. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 also reformed and clarified the majority of sexual offences, and those offences and sentences that would qualify a relevant offender to the sex offender notification requirements are listed in Schedule 3 of the Act. Schedule 3 also lists various other sexual offences contained in previous legislation that would also qualify an offender to meet the notification requirements.

The notification requirements apply to a qualifying offender convicted or cautioned from 1997 onwards for a Schedule 3 offence, including offences committed before that date.


Here you’ll find links to useful organisations and websites related to specific types of offences that we refer to in our information and advice. Contact details for the organisations listed below can be found here.

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