Hi. Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this. Were you given any advice on what a PND was? Were you given access to a solicitor?
I spoke to a solicitor on the phone. I dont remember what he said. to be honest - I had hit my head pretty hard and was probably still drunk at the time.
i have a massive visible lump on the side of my face
Hello - are you there still?
I dont know what is happening - Have you left the conversation?
Hello? I am unsure as to whether you have left the conversation.
I can see your response yes
Thanks for your advice. I did indeed write to the CPS requesting that they issue a fine instead of court date etc... but have heard nothing in response. Should I engage a solicitor to request a change to a PND from the CPS - or will that just swallow up money? Is it 'likely' that they may change to a PND? My assumption is that the CPS is not known for it's frequency of dropping charges raised by the police because the defendant "is sorry he didn't accept a fine when offered"....
I am reasonably literate etc... and showed great contrition for the situation and my reluctance to accept a fine at the time - due to lack of understanding rather than belligerence.
I guess that should I not be allowed to accept a fine I will just go to court and accept guilt. its going to be tough to claim Not Guilty - the police claim I was drunk (they are expert witnesses obv.) and that I swore at them - which I cannot disprove as I have no witnesses. so there is the drunk and disorderly. In this instance, I guess I wont need a solicitor? Just arrive at court, plead guilty and prepare a few words to say in an attempt to frame the events in an honest way, accepting guilt, showing remorse and contrition for wasting everyone's time...
Do you have any other advice that may be of use?
Hello, I have just one final question. Should I plead guilty in the magistrates court to the charge of drunk and disorderly, how long will it take for the offence to be considered spent? I have seen conflicting reports of 5 years (ROA 1974) and some items saying that it will be considered spent in 1 year. many thanks
I'm sorry Jo - I can see that I should have received a response from you - but cannot see it. please can you repost it?