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what can we do to pay this fine and avoid going to the magistrates court
Thank you for the advice - can I just check the letter from south west trains says "You have been offered to settle this matter by way of a written warning, as you have not come to our attention previously, but it is clear from your correspondence that you do not agree therefore reluctantly stagecoach south western trains limited has no option but to proceed this matter to a resolution at Richmond Magistrates Court at a date in the next three months. The charge is: intent to avoid a fare: I'm afraid having perused your YP card I am satisfied that "intent" is the appropriate charge. It is your responsibility to ensure your YP card is in date yours was several days out of date; further to that you should have purchased a valid ticket PRIOR to commencing any journey on South West trains services. "
Question: should we try writing back and saying that we do agree that an offence was committed and would like to take the written warning (which she already signed and agreed to when she sent the previous letter) and will cover any costs of issuing the proceedings together with any fine. But if they then take this further would this injure her case should they not accept the second letter and take the matter to court?
Thanks so much Alex. Just one last thing we wanted to check in case it does go to court - is it a strict liability offence?Thanks,