Victorian courts may impose no conviction for an offender. The basis for doing this is the considerations found in Section 8 of the Sentencing Act.

A non-conviction has much less negative consequences compared to a conviction. Convictions typically affect an offender’s chances for employment and eligibility for travel and other activities. As for non-convictions, the challenge is on the fact that Victoria does not have spent conviction schemes that normally creates issues with criminal records. Of course, if you are found not guilty, neither a conviction nor non-conviction will be given to you.

It is highly crucial for anybody to avoid conviction, or at least get a non-conviction, especially if the offence committed does not truly reflect an offender’s actual character. The defence must effectively convey this to the magistrate in both written and verbal communications (ie. the character references and submissions on a plea).