Question: How Long Does A Simple Caution Last?

Do I have to declare a caution to my employer?

Visit filtering of spent cautions/convictions .

You only have to disclose your record to an employer if they ask you.

Many employers ask at some point and if your convictions are unspent, you legally need to disclose them.

Filtered cautions/convictions are not disclosed on standard or enhanced checks..

Do I have to accept a caution?

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.

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.

Do I have to declare a caution on a DBS check?

If you’re carrying out a standard or enhanced DBS check as an organisation, you should be clear to applicants that they do not have to disclose any cautions or convictions that are filtered and you must ignore any filtered cautions/convictions if you become aware of them.

Is a simple caution a criminal record?

Simple cautions form part of the offender’s criminal record. They may be referred to in future legal proceedings and may be revealed as part of a criminal record check..

What happens when you get a police caution?

You have to admit an offence and agree to be cautioned. You can be arrested and charged if you don’t agree. 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.

How serious is a police caution?

Although a caution is not a conviction, it forms a part of a person’s criminal record and can be used as evidence of bad character if a person is prosecuted for another crime, and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously called Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks) for certain types of employment.

What is a caution in law?

A caution is a formal warning. It is more serious than a warning.

Can I go to America with a caution?

Any individual who has received a caution for a crime involving moral turpitude or a controlled drug offense will be ineligible to travel to the U.S on ESTA, regardless of the date of the caution.

Will a simple caution show up on a DBS check?

The DBS filtering system Filtered cautions and convictions are not wiped from police records – they simply don’t show up on DBS certificates. In addition, employers are not allowed to take old or minor convictions and cautions into account when making a decision about a job applicant.

Can I join the police with a caution?

All convictions, cautions (including any received as a juvenile), involvement in any criminal investigation and bind-overs imposed by a court must be declared. They don’t automatically mean you’ll be rejected from joining the police service.

How long does a simple caution stay on your record?

six yearsOnce a police caution has been issued, it will generally appear on your record used by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for six years (this is reduced to two years if you were under 18 at the time the caution was issued).

Can I get a job with a caution?

Unless applying for particular types of work (see below), a person who has spent cautions does not have to disclose them to prospective employers and employers cannot refuse to employ someone on the basis of spent convictions.

Can you get a caution for harassment?

If the police get reports that you have been harassing someone, they might give you a formal harassment warning. This involves you being given a letter warning you that further action may be taken if your behaviour continues. It is usually delivered to you in person by a police officer.

Can I remove my criminal record UK?

The only way to get your conviction removed from police records is to appeal against the conviction through the courts. You will need to seek legal advice if this is something you wish to pursue. I was told my conviction would be removed after five years.

Is a simple caution spent?

When does it become spent? Simple cautions become spent immediately at the point of issue.