Is a police caution a criminal record?

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Is a police caution a criminal record?

Is a police caution a criminal record? The short answer to this question is yes – a caution is a criminal record. However what actually constitutes a “criminal record” is not a precisely defined concept, and the better question to ask is, in what circumstances will my caution be disclosed? A caution will become an issue for someone depending on who is asking the question, and the rights they have to ask about previous criminal records. A caution is “spent” immediately (or after three months, or when the conditions run out, in respect of a conditional caution). So for the purposes of a basic disclosure certificate a police caution (sometimes known as a simple caution) will not be disclosed.

For other persons however who need to undertake a trusted/regulated role then the caution will have more significant implications. For more details please visit this page on our site: How long does a police caution stay on your record?

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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 able to recoup my clients’ costs from the police.