I received a caution in the UK (criminal record)

Prospect in IB-M&A

...for "pursuing a course of conduct that amounted to harassment". I had an awfully bad break up with my then girlfriend and I called her by phone too many times to amend our situation, which was uncanny and I realized later. Note, that cautions in the UK are given for petty crimes like writing graffiti and are NOT convictions. I got this caution while I was working in i-banking, and I think the stress of the job then really made me overreact. Caution will be eligible to be wiped off fully from my UK record (though not my UK police certificate) next May.

I've been out of the industry for a few years and am looking to pivot into High finance in the US. Should I be disclosing this caution? I am quite worried. I have a MBA from top bschool some good experience to back myself. Let myself down with this...

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Nov 5, 2019

This would all depend on whether these cautions are something that can get picked up when a company does a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on you.

I'm in the U.S., and not super-familiar with DBS checks beyond knowing that there's a filtering system that may or may not exclude your particular sort of caution but hopefully some of our U.K. monkeys will see your post and offer some insight.

Good luck to you.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 5, 2019

Thank you for your response, it will not show up on the basic dbs report but shows up on standard and enhanced dbs. From May 2020 it will not show up on either standard or enhanced as it will be eligible to be filtered.

Nov 5, 2019

In the US you normally need to disclose felonies (can go to jail for a year or more) and finance related misdemeanors (potential jail time of less than a year) to regulators. Violations (not normally jail time) do not need to be disclosed. Employers can ask about non-finance related misdemeanors. "Criminal history," in most states, but violations aren't considered crimes. (pleaing something down to a violation in exchange for a financial penalty is often a good strategy, don't ask me how I know) To me this sounds similar to a violation, but if you want a solid answer you could always hire a lawyer.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 5, 2019

I was never asked to pay any fine or attend court. I just came to the police station where I was served this caution.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 5, 2019

To be frank though, while I deeply regret this slip in judgment, I am not sure why would an employer disregard me if I disclosed. It's unrelated to the job / finance and is one of those which anyone on a bad day can be accused of.

Nov 5, 2019
Prospect in IB-M&A:

To be frank though, while I deeply regret this slip in judgment, I am not sure why would an employer disregard me if I disclosed. It's unrelated to the job / finance and is one of those which anyone on a bad day can be accused of.

if they a lil bitch

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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  • Associate 2 in CorpDev
Nov 11, 2019

True mate. Then again, people have been convicted of assault just because of a bad day

Nov 5, 2019

you sound dick up the butt gay

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 6, 2019

What does this even mean???

Nov 6, 2019
Prospect in IB-M&A:

What does this even mean???

it means u dick up the butt gay the fuck they teaching you over at LSE boy

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/

Nov 5, 2019

Hopefully they did not report it to Interpol. If so it may be an issue

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 6, 2019

No man lol, this is not an Interpol issue lol

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Nov 6, 2019

I've notified MI5 AND MI6, better hit the road pal.

Nov 8, 2019

A "Caution" sounds like the most polite way to describe a crime, I'm guessing the British criminal justice system calls rapes "Oopsie Doopsies".

Nov 8, 2019


mfw Americans call "forcey fun time" rape

I'm a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there's more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

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Nov 11, 2019
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