What is A Caution
A caution is a formal warning that is given to an adult who has admitted the offence. If the person refuses the caution then they will normally be prosecuted through the normal channels for the offence. Although it is not technically classed as a conviction it can be taken into consideration by the Courts if the person is convicted of a further offence.
A caution is not a criminal conviction, but rather an internal record of the offence by a young offender. If a young person has a very small quantity of a drug in their possession, the police have the discretion as to whether to charge a young offender or give them a formal caution.
A formal caution involves a young person admitting that the drug was for their own use and that it was not to supply to another party. The young person is required to write this as a statement. A parent or guardian must be present at the police station for the young person to receive the caution. The internal record of the caution is not available to a third-party and hence cannot damage most future job prospects. However, it does mean that if a young person is caught for an offence at a later stage they are more likely to be charged as the police will have a record of the earlier caution.
According to the dictionary CAUTION means :
a. Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm.
b. Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk: The car proceeded over the rickety bridge with caution.
2. Prudence or restraint in action or decision: advised caution in choosing a school.
3. A warning or admonishment, especially to take heed: I received a caution from the doctor about fat in my diet.
4. A cautious action; a precaution: The climbers took the necessary cautions in preparing for the ascent.
5. Informal One that is striking or alarming.
tr.v. cau·tioned, cau·tion·ing, cau·tions
To advise to take heed; warn or admonish.
Example of Caution :
“Drive slow !!! Children at play”