We have again had a caution deleted for one of our clients.
We promptly applied for the removal of our client’s police caution from the PNC. Within a relatively short period of time, the police had agreed to the expungement.
The police caution had been issued in relation to an alcohol fueled argument. This had resulted in a caution for assault and criminal damage.
The caution had been issued a number of year ago. Nevertheless we were able to obtain evidence that indicated there had been some errors in the police’s handling of the case.
Initially the police refused to delete the caution from the PNC. After further persuasion, the police changed their mind and agreed to delete the caution. The client’s DNA and fingerprints were also expunged.
Clear an ACRO Police Certificate
Now that the client’s PNC record has been deleted, his police certificate is now also clear. As the client was an international professional, the retention of the caution was causing serious issues with respect to visa applications, and job mobility.
If a caution is retained on the PNC it will be permanently disclosable (either directly or indirectly) on an ACRO police certificate.
I am a qualified solicitor and Director of Legisia Legal Services. 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 many 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
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