Closing Criminal Files and Hearings
It is obvious that the existence of a criminal file and an indictment of any kind, even more so when it is a criminal file opened for a first time offense, can hinder their progress in the professional path they have chosen for themselves. Beyond the direct professional significance of not being accepted to certain places of work, which require presentation of a certification of a clear criminal record, a criminal record and indictment can cast a shadow on one’s personal image in a substantial manner.
Exactly for this reason, line 60a of the criminal procedure law obliges the prosecution to send a letter to everyone they expect to submit indictments against and inform them of such in advance. The obligation to inform on behalf of the prosecutor is a result of the right to a hearing, and in other words, the right of every person to appeal to the prosecutor within 30 days from the date of receiving the notice and attempt to dissuade them from this intention before the indictment, which will later become a substantial obstacle, is submitted.