What happens when one pleads guilty?

If an Accused pleads guilty to a charge, he/she admits fully to the offence.  Before an Accused decides to plead guilty, he/she has to fully understand the nature and consequences of his/her plea.

The Prosecuting Officer will read out the Statement of Facts relating to the charge to the Accused. If the Accused disagrees with the Statement of Facts, he/she must inform the Court. If he/she disagrees with the Statement of Facts on key issues, the Court will not accept the plea of guilt and the Accused will be directed to claim trial instead.

If the Accused agrees fully with the Statement of Facts, the Court will record his/her plea upon such admission and proceed with conviction. Once you plead guilty, you will have a criminal record; however, there is a possibility for your record to be erased or spent. See Singapore Police Force website.