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Old 25.08.2020, 15:50
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Re: Citizenship with criminal record

It's complicated.
There's a list of Swiss offence types that certainly prevent naturalization (starting with a jail sentence of 90 days and more or an equivalent criminal fine (Geldstrafe), no matter conditional or not, unconditional jail/Geldstrafe for less than 90 days and conditional under 90 days if you break the conditions). They will prevent naturalization at least until they are removed from the "authorities" version of the criminal record, which is 10-20 years after you pay the fine or do your time depending on the seriousness of the offence.
Lesser criminal offences than those may or may not hinder naturalization, it will be decided by the authorities depending on other personal factors of yours.
The offiicial handbook (321/11, Art. 4.4 BüV) explicitly says that foreign criminal records are treated the same as Swiss ones but there's the obvious complication of how your UK drunk driving offence and the sentence for it maps onto the Swiss offence/sanction taxonomy. I doubt anyone but an international UK/CH lawyer can answer this question.
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