Skip to main content

Our mission is to support & advocate for people with criminal records to be able to move on positively in their lives. Find out more

Are cautions just a ‘slap on the wrist’ or are there further implications in accepting one?

Cautions are often referred to as a ‘slap on the wrist’ and can appear appealing as it means that you’ll be dealt with quickly at the police station and won’t need to go to court.

However, many people are not aware that a caution will form part of their criminal record and can cause problems in the future.

Calls to our helpline continually highlight the number of individuals who are unaware of the significance of accepting a caution until it resurfaces unexpectedly many years later.

We’ve produced some new information on the implications of accepting a police caution which we’d recommend anybody faced with the option of accepting a caution reads before deciding how to proceed.

We’re also working on some more information about things to be aware of after receiving a caution – we’ll be sharing more details about this soon.

For more information

  1. For practical self-help information – More information is available on our implications of accepting a police caution section
  2. Questions – If you have any questions you can contact our helpline

Comments

Add Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photo of Helpline lead, Debbie Sadler
Debbie Sadler
Helpline lead

Do you need help & support with an issue you’re facing?

We provide support and advice for people who need guidance with either their own, or someone else’s, criminal record.

Please use the search box to start typing your issue. If you cannot find an answer to your problem then you’ll be given options to contact us directly.

Find out more about the helpline

We want to make sure that our website is as helpful as possible.

Letting us know if you easily found what you were looking for or not enables us to continue to improve our service for you and others.

Was it easy to find what you were looking for?

Thank you for your feedback.

12 million people have criminal records in the UK. We need your help to help them.

Help support us now