What does a police caution mean?
Herein, what happens when you get a police caution?
Cautions (technically, “simple cautions”) are used by police to deal with low-level criminal offending, usually by first-time offenders. The caution is an 'out of court disposal'. Use of a caution avoids the need to charge a person and initiate a prosecution, which is the route to a conviction.
Likewise, what do the police say when they caution you? The police must explain this to you by reading you the police caution: “You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
Also to know is, how do you know if you have a police caution?
If you have been cautioned for a recordable offence then it will be recorded on the Police National Computer and will form part of your criminal record. You can find out what's been recorded about you on the PNC by applying for a copy of your police records.
Is a police caution the same as a warning?
There is no difference between a caution and a warning. A caution can be given to anyone over 10 years old for a minor offence such as graffiti. Yes this indicates that your name will appear on a computer record held by your local police force, but again this is not in any way a criminal record.