From time to time, clients ask us about cancellation of a criminal record.
There are several reasons why clients may want the cancellation of a criminal record or a sentence erased. Such as if they are applying for Spanish nationality, if they are applying for a new job, or a Visa for example.
Everyone has a right to remove their criminal record or have something erased after set periods of time. In Spain, there is a proceeding to do this.
Depending on the nature of the crime you need to wait different periods. It is important that the person must have satisfied their criminal responsibility. Basically their debt to society, such as paying a fine, community service or a period in prison.
The timing for cancellation is as follows assuming that the client must not have committed another offence:-
This is according to the Spanish law: article 136 of the Penal Code. The periods start when the sentence is fully completed, and this period stops or is interrupted if you commit a new crime.
There is no reason to leave anything on your criminal record once the time has elapsed. We only need to make an application on your behalf to have this removed and it is relatively inexpensive. If you have had a criminal record in Spain and wish to have it cancelled, please contact us. We can assist with this matter all over Spain including the islands.