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Is a conditional caution 'spent' before 3 months if it is

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Is a conditional caution 'spent' before 3 months if it is registered as 'complete'? Or will the rehabilitation period always be 3 months?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 9 months ago.

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer. My name is*****’m a barrister with 12 years of experience and I am happy to help with your question today.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 9 months ago.

A police caution is spent immediately.

It is upon issue.

Obviously spent convictions can still show on DBS sometimes but not often.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks - I thought a conditional caution is not spent until the 3 months is up? What I mean is, I have complied with the conditions and these are seen as ‘complete’, but I need to know whether this means it is legally ‘spent’?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 9 months ago.

Oh I see what you mean.

So the caution was administered and you were given three months to comply?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I was given 3 months to comply - I have now complied with everything and the police have confirmation of this. I’m just interested in whether I still have to wait for the 3 months to be complete in order for the condition to be seen as legally ‘spent’? Particularly if asked by a potential employer.Many thanks
Expert:  Jo C. replied 9 months ago.

In that case it is spent three months from the date of issue - the condition period.

You were right.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ok thanks for your help
Expert:  Jo C. replied 9 months ago.

No problem and all the best.

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