Have you been wrongfully cautioned by the police? You may have the right to challenge a caution and have the caution removed/expunged from your records if it was given unlawfully. Hodge Jones & Allen have a fearsome reputation for challenging unlawful actions taken by the police and other enforcement authorities. We have successfully challenged cautions for a large numbers of professionals who later found that the caution is a lot more than the ‘slap on the wrist’ that the police portray.
Cautions can have a devastating impact on your reputation, current employment or future job prospects, as well as your ability to travel and work abroad. Some cautions can impose conditions which could significantly restrict your day-to-day life or create financial hardship if you have to pay compensation.
A record of your caution will be available under certain circumstances to employers if they carry out a search with the Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly the Criminal Records Bureau. Cautions could potentially bar you from certain types of employment, for example, social work, medicine, law or other professions where you work with vulnerable adults or children. Some countries outside the European Union may refuse entry visas if you have been cautioned.
The police have to administer a caution correctly for it to be lawful. Before a caution is administered officers should ensure the alleged offender has been offered legal advice, made a clear and reliable admission of guilt, understands the implications of accepting a caution and consents to accepting it.
Even if you have accepted a caution, this does not prevent you from challenging it. Hodge Jones & Allen have a vast amount of experience advising and representing clients on formal complaints to the police force and judicial reviews to challenge cautions.
To find out how we can help, please contact our specialist team of solicitors for challenging orderson 0800 437 0080. Alternatively fill out an online enquiry form and we can arrange for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your particular circumstances. If the situation is urgent and outside office hours, please call our free phone 24 hour telephone number 07659 111 192.
Our criminal caution specialists are part of our London based criminal defence solicitors that specialise in challenging cautions. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017.