I got a caution about 4 years ago. I did something silly I admit it, and I regret it. I punched somebody after getting into an argument.
I admit it was wrong, but I can't do any more than that. He called the police and I went and found them even before they had come to the house and explained the situation and apologised. I have never offended before or since, but as the laws stand now, this will always show up on a disclosure. It will also remain on my police record forever (100 years), and my DNA has to stay on a database for the rest of my life.
I do appreciate it was wrong, but it was a very low point in my life. I apologised profusely to the person concerned. He also apologised for calling the police. I know that doesn't justify punching someone but is it not a bit excessive to never let me forget about this. I cannot become a police officer, probably can't become a teacher, and there are probably many other areas of working life I am ruled out from.
I think there must be many people who are in this situation. Are the laws concerning this not a bit extreme as they stand?