Imagine this hypothetical:

I was in fight with a male relative and I hit him on the back in front of officer, (who came because the neighbor was reported for screaming). The officer grabbed my arm, and asked for my drivers license. They let me off with a warning, and just left.

So since I wasn’t arrested, is my record still clean?

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    This could depend on the jurisdiction. Where did it happen? – phoog Jun 8 '18 at 21:02

It depends on what you mean by "clean."

The police have probably made a record of the incident and included your name If you're in the United States, the odds are that the public has access to that record under a freedom of information law.

But that's a lot of work that few people will bother with. You haven't been arrested or convicted, so the incident probably wouldn't show up if anyone did a background check, if that's what you're worried about.

  • On the other hand, if it was a formal police caution in England and Wales, it would show up in certain background checks. – phoog Aug 8 '18 at 15:53

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