In theory, a police caution can only be given/accepted if three tests are passed
- there must be evidence of guilt sufficient to give a realistic prospect of conviction;
- the offender must admit the offence;
- the offender must understand the significance of a caution and give informed consent to being cautioned.
10. The issue of a simple caution depends on the alleged offender agreeing to accept the caution. If an offender refuses to accept the caution, a prosecution should normally follow.
But in practice, cautions are used by the police as "quick wins" offered as a first resort on a multitude of offences with the flimsiest of evidence, if any evidence at all.
If you are anyone of any importance, they would *never* give up the chance of an actual conviction
Unless anyone has some hard statistics on the number of refused cautions that result in trials and convictions?