Question: How Serious Is A Caution?

What does a caution mean?

A caution is a formal warning that is given to a person who has admitted the offence.

Although it is not technically classed as a conviction (as only the Courts can convict someone) it can be taken into consideration by the Courts if the person is convicted of a further offence..

How do you know if you’ve had a police caution?

If you have been cautioned for a recordable offence then it will be recorded on the Police National Computer and will form part of your criminal record. You can find out what’s been recorded about you on the PNC by applying for a copy of your police records.

What is a simple caution?

A simple caution is a non-statutory, non-conviction disposal for adult offenders aged 18 or over. Simple cautions are normally issued by the police at a police station. A simple caution is not the same as a conviction but can have significant consequences (see below).

What happens if you don’t accept a caution?

You should be aware that if you do not accept the caution there is a risk that the police will charge you with a criminal offence and court proceedings will be initiated. Equally if you accept a conditional caution and fail to comply with the conditions then court proceedings will be initiated.

Can a caution ever be removed?

A caution on your record may even impact on your travel plans. … It is possible that in certain circumstances, Police cautions can be removed from your record. Our specialist solicitors have experience of assisting clients to get cautions removed from their records held by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How long do Cautions stay on DBS?

6 yearsPolice Cautions and Enhanced DBS Certificates On an enhanced DBS certificate, a police caution will definitely show up for 6 years (2 years for youth cautions) after which it will be protected and will most likely be filtered off of a DBS certificate.

Can the police caution you without evidence?

When would police caution you? The police officer must have evidence that you committed a crime, and they must think this evidence could lead to a conviction if it went to court. … You can be arrested and charged if you don’t admit to the offence.

How many years does an enhanced DBS check go back?

There is no official expiry date on a DBS Check, it’s up to the organisations carrying out the checks on their staff how often they would like to renew them. Some companies renew every year and some every 3 years.

Is a caution the same as a conviction?

A caution is not a criminal conviction, but it could be used as evidence of bad character if you go to court for another crime. Cautions can show on standard and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

How do I remove my criminal record UK?

There is no national or formal process in place for individuals to request the deletion of a court conviction. Where a police force receives a request from an individual to delete a conviction, our understanding is that the majority of police forces would refuse.

Can you join the police if you have a caution?

Over the last few years, the rules regarding eligibility to become a police officer have been slightly relaxed. However, there are still strict entry requirements and some convictions/caution will result in your application being immediately rejected whilst others will be considered on a case by case basis.

How long do police cautions last UK?

six yearsIf you admit an offence, the police can give you a caution. A caution is not a conviction. A caution is a warning which stays on your record for six years if you’re an adult, or two years if you’re under 18.

Will a simple caution show up on a DBS check?

Spent convictions or cautions Simple cautions become spent immediately at the moment they are issued, while conditional cautions become spent after three months. Spent convictions and cautions may still be disclosed in standard or enhanced DBS checks.

What happens during a caution?

that accepting a caution is an admission of guilt and that it will form part of the recipient’s criminal record; that the record of a caution will be retained by the police for future use and might be referred to in future legal proceedings and might be revealed as part of a criminal record check; and.

How do you remove a caution?

A police caution can be removed from your record so that your CRB/DBS criminal records check is cleared. If your police caution is removed you can say, when asked, that you have never received a police caution.

What is the police caution words?

The police must explain this to you by reading you the police caution: “You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”