We’ve been helping a number of men with consensual gross indecency convictions around the UK. Despite the fact it was repealed ten years ago, a number of men have had police knocking on their door at home, telling them to give a DNA sample under threat of arrest. We’re pleased to say that the legal right of the police to ask men with gross indecency convictions to do this expired on 7th March 2013. There are still some types of historic conviction which the police can legitimately ask for DNA in relation to, which can be found here – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/17/section/7
If your historic conviction does not appear on that list you should not be asked by police for a DNA sample. If you recently gave a DNA sample in relation to a historic gross indecency conviction and you don’t have any other major convictions, we may be able to help you attempt to get your DNA record deleted.
If you or someone you know if affected by this issue, call our helpline for confidential advice on 0207 704 2040.
Please note we can only help if you have a consensual gross indecency conviction with someone over the current age of consent (16) or a similar offense such as consensual buggery. If you have other type of offense we cannot help but you might be able to get advice from another charity such as NACRO – www.nacro.org.uk