Can I get an arrest record removed?

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Can I get an arrest record removed?

Arrest Record and Disclosure

If you have been arrested, but not charged or cautioned, then the police will usually keep a record of your arrest on the Police National Computer.

DNA, Finger Prints and Custody Image removal

This record will be kept on the system unless an application is made to have it removed. Your DNA, fingerprints and custody image will also be held on the police’s computer system.

The police have a discretion to keep this information and may be able to justify its retention on their system.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificates

Arrest record information can be disclosed on an enhanced DBS certificate which may be a significant problem if you plan to work in a regulated sector such as healthcare or teaching.


DBS Appeals and PNC removal Lawyers

If you have been arrested and would like to have the record removed then please get in touch.

We can appeal information unfairly disclosed on a DBS certificate or apply to the police to have your arrest record expunged (deleted).

By |January 3rd, 2016|Tags: , |

About the Author:

I am a qualified solicitor and I have extensive experience of applying for the removal of police cautions from the PNC, challenging DBS certificates and DBS barring decisions. I have had numerous successful cases, and for cases where judicial review proceedings have been issued, I am usually able to recoup my clients’ costs from the police. I have co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (the leading criminal law journal : “Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure”). I also write the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions and published an article in the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly on anonymity in criminal proceedings and its impact on the police caution: Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings