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When does a youth caution become spent?

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Published on LexisPSL on 26/02/2018

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  • When does a youth caution become spent?

When does a youth caution become spent?

If a conviction or caution has become spent, for most purposes the offender is treated as having never committed an offence unless it falls within the statutory exceptions. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA 1974) convictions may become spent after a specified period of time. Pursuant to ROA 1974, s 8A, the protection afforded to spent cautions, including those given to children and young persons, is governed by ROA 1974, Sch 2, para 1.

ROA 1974, Sch 2, para 1 states that:

‘A caution shall be regarded as a spent caution—

(a) in the case of a conditional caution (as defined in section 8A(2)(a)), at the end of the relevant period for

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