What is a police caution in the UK?

Cautions are given to anyone aged 10 or over for minor crimes – for example writing graffiti on a bus shelter. You have to admit an offence and agree to be cautioned. 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. …

Is a police caution serious?

Whilst cautions are considered to be ‘less serious’ than convictions, a caution can have potentially serious implications for the person who accepts it, and we are frequently contacted by people who are surprised at the implications of accepting a caution which they had believed to be simply ‘a slap on the wrist’.

How long do police cautions stay on record UK?

Caution. If 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.

How is a police caution issued?

To receive a caution, there must be sufficient evidence to prosecute and the offender must admit guilt and agree to be being cautioned. If the offender does not follow the conditions of the caution, they can be arrested and charged with the offence.

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Do you have to accept a police caution UK?

You do not have to accept a caution! A caution is a possible outcome of an arrest, which you may be offered instead of being charged. The police make cautions sound less serious, but they are an admission of guilt, and will still go on your record.

Why do police caution you?

When are cautions given? A caution can be issued at the discretion of the police as a formal warning to somebody who admits to committing a criminal offence. Cautions can be a quick and useful tool for the police to give to first time offenders who have committed relatively minor offences.

Is a police caution the same as a warning?

There is no difference between a caution and a warning. A caution can be given to anyone over 10 years old for a minor offence such as graffiti.

Does a police caution show on a DBS check?

Protected convictions or cautions are convictions or cautions which are filtered during the DBS check process – this means that they will not appear on the DBS certificate.

Can a caution be removed?

A conviction can never be removed, but out of court disposals such as cautions, warnings and reprimands can be deleted entirely from the Police National Computer if sufficient grounds can be established. Even your arrest record can be deleted in certain circumstances.

How do you know if you have a police caution?

If you are still unsure if you have a police caution or not, you can run a check against the PNC. You can apply to the police for this, and they will provide you with a copy of your PNC print out. If you have no record on the PNC the police will tell you that you are “no trace” on the PNC.

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When should a caution be given?

When there are grounds to suspect that a person has committed an offence, you must caution them before any questions about it are put to them to ensure that the answers (or any failure to answer) are capable of being admissible in evidence in a prosecution.

Do you get paperwork with a caution?

Arrests take a huge amount of paperwork – whereas a caution is quick, swift and can still form part of a criminal record. … A caution appears on your criminal record and can be used to decide what happens to you if you re-offend.

What is the full police caution?

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.”

Can I refuse a police caution?

Can I refuse to accept a simple caution? If there is sufficient evidence against you, and you refuse an offered caution, the police are likely instead to charge you with the offence which means you will have to go to court. … You will also avoid being punished by the court. You should always seek legal advice on this.

What does under police caution mean?

The police caution is a warning to the person being interviewed. In plain English, what it means is that you have a right to silence. It is up to you if you answer their questions or not. … Anything that you do say to the police is recorded and will be used as evidence.

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