Our client had been accused and arrested for an assault allegation.
The client, after spending the night in a police cell, worrying about work the next day, readily accepted the police’s version of events and accepted a police caution.
The police told the client the caution was of limited consequence and if he didn’t agree to it he would be prosecuted.
After leaving police custody, the client investigated the true implications of the caution, and the correct procedures the police ought to have adopted at the police station. The client then contacted us.
After accessed his case, we were able to identify errors in the caution procedure adopted by the police and the client’s arrest.
We promptly made representations to the police who ultimately agreed to not only delete the client’s police caution, but also agreed to expunge the clients arrest record, DNA, finger prints and custody photograph.
Thank you for the great news and the wonderful service. I wish every solicitor I have dealt with was as responsive as you.
Arrest Record Deletion
When a suspect is arrested, the police will create a Police National Computer (PNC) arrest record.
An arrest record will be retained indefinitely (until the person is 100 years old) unless the police agree to delete it. An arrest record will therefore be created even if a suspect is never cautioned nor convicted.
An arrest record can cause an individual difficulties as it can be disclosed on enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates.
Police Caution and Arrest Record Deletion
We have extensive experience of challenging the retention of police records, including DNA, fingerprints, police cautions, arrest records, PND’s and other non-conviction records (such as local CRIS reports).
If you, or a loved one, are troubled by an existing police record then please get in touch. We offer our services on reasonable fixed fees in most cases.
Disclosure and Barring Service Appeals
Along with successfully applying for the expungement of police records, we also are often instructed to challenging DBS certificates and DBS applications to bar.
If you have received a DSB certificate with information you dispute, then we are able to assist you appealing your certificate.
If you have already been placed on the barred list, we can apply to have you removed. If the DBS have written to you expressing their intention to place you on either the children or adults barred list, or both, then we are able to assist – we have helped many clients resist being placed on the barred lists.
If you have received a police caution, especially if it is for a more serious offence, and particularly if it is of a sexual nature, the DSB at some stage are likely to instigate the barring procedure against you. Given our experience in this field, we are well positioned to challenge both the retention of your police caution and any DBS barring application.