Police caution and my future employment

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    Anon or delete please!

    So my life has taken a pretty dark turn and I have accepted a police caution for possession of a controlled substance.

    I'm completely devastated and I accept all the consequences for my foolish actions. I now want to look towards the future and put all of this business behind me.

    This will have serious consequences which I naturally want to mitigate as much as I can.

    Does anyone have any knowledge or experience on the impact police cautions have on entry into the legal profession? Particularly Training Contract/CILEX routes?

    Will the SRA or Law firms reject me outright? What about if I were to apply for a Masters?

    Any help is appreciated! *
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    A caution is spent immidiately so won't show up in a basic DBS check. However, for some certain professions, such as Law, they can apply to have an advanced check done, where it will show up.
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    Anon or delete please!

    So my life has taken a pretty dark turn and I have accepted a police caution for possession of a controlled substance.

    I'm completely devastated and I accept all the consequences for my foolish actions. I now want to look towards the future and put all of this business behind me.

    This will have serious consequences which I naturally want to mitigate as much as I can.

    Does anyone have any knowledge or experience on the impact police cautions have on entry into the legal profession? Particularly Training Contract/CILEX routes?

    Will the SRA or Law firms reject me outright? What about if I were to apply for a Masters?

    Any help is appreciated! *
    Nope they wont reject you outright.
    yes it will show up at least fro SRA purposes. You have to make a declaration anyway. You cna look up the criteria with the

    SRA.
    http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/han...2/content.page

    CILEX

    You will note they discuss the mitigating factors.
    http://www.cilex.org.uk/pdf/IPS%20Sa...20Feb%2012.pdf

    I wouldnt worry, they just review it and you have to make out your case as to suitability for the profession. Contact the SRA or NACRO. NACRO has v good explanations of the system.
    You should also familiarise yourself with the fact that cautions can be filtered out, which depends on your age at the time of caution and the length of time that has passed. 2 Years of you were under 18 and six years if over.

    As long as it doesnt fall within cautions for certain offences listed in 2A (5) of the ROHA74 as amended.

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2013/9780111537718
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    Being upfront about it will be the key, I think. As you know, and enhanced DBS will show this, and you would be asked anyway if you'd ever received, inter alia, a caution.
 
 
 
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