The answer to this question varies depending on what the charge is, whether you have any criminal history, and a range of other factors.

Generally, if it’s a first offence which is not too serious, you can be fairly confident you won’t have a conviction recorded. But it still takes an experienced criminal lawyer to ensure this occurs, as it’s not automatic and it should never be assumed it won’t happen.

Any sentence of imprisonment means an automatic conviction.

Obviously every situation is different and we can give you more specific advice tailored to your circumstances.