Hi Jo, no squeeky clean.
Hi Jo, thanks for the honesty. What kind of custodial sentence is likely to imposed?
I went to pick up some documents from the court this morning and one of the officers there said off record your act is perjury really and not as charged with perverting the cause of justice... Have I been charged correctly? I am seeing a criminal solicitor next week, but felt worth asking in the meantime.
Just a thought on this. Happy to pay extra for the additional advise. I did not actually present the documents in court. I highlighted to the police official in the waiting area that I wanted to plead not guilty based on the fact I had these emails. As she needed to investigate this the case was postponted to the 28th August. Based on her investigation I was arrested. Does this make any difference or am I clutching at straws.
If say sentenced to 3 or 6 months is this time served in a normal prison for this crime and do you get out sooner for such sentences or do you serve the time given. I am seeking legal advise on Friday and appear in Magistrates next week, but have some many things going through my head.
I obviously have this issue in the magistrates court regarding pleading NOT guilty to identifying a driver. As I did send back the documents and then obviously as the summons arrived I did what I did, how should I proceed? Do you want me to open a new question?
Hi Jo. I also mentioned briefly to the solicitor I am seeing on Monday about the Fixed Penalty notice for wasting police time. He seemed unsure of this. He said he doubted it as the report was given to a Police Liaison Officer in the court and not a police officer. Obviously this is an avenue I am keen to follow. How do I proceed with this?
Hi for my own knowledge is this done to the police, cps or when I attend the magistrates?
Hi Jo. Although I am getting overall good advise from the solicitor I appointed I feel this is an area that is better understood by a barrister. Should I approach a Barrister directly and obtain their advise or guidance at this stage?
Hi Jo, thanks for your advise to date. Appreciate your time.
Hi Jo, just to let you know the solicitor has proposed your the offer to the CPS as he feels my mitigation is extremely good and the behaviour was totally out of character. Fingers crossed.
Next question I have is that I do on occasion lecture in colleges / universities lecturer in. Although part time, will any criminal conviction effect this work? Also how long does a conviction like this stay on any CRB or does it never disappear?
Hi Jo, unfortunately the CPS refused the offer we made and now the case pursues to the Crown Court at the end of November. One question I have is that the police ceased my phone and laptop and also the laptop, ipad and phone of my girlfriend, who was in the house on the day of arrest. She does not live with me. How do we go about getting these items back as we need them in order to carry out our daily work. I see no need for them to hold onto them as they have no relevance to the case. I spoke to the arresting officer and can you believe she advises I should seek legal advise as she does not know the process? My solicitor advises I need to wait for the case to end. I cannot understand why?
Another thing playing my mind was that when in the magistrates the other day, it was read out that I perverted the course of justice from the 01 Feb until the date of arrest, however, this is not the case. It was simply two emails in July. My solicitor said he would look into it. Does this really matter? Also am I able to view the evidence against me? My solicitor had witness statements and the police report, however, when I asked he mentioned these were currently being reviewed and he would give me an overview once done. Finally, he mentioned to the Magistrates court that I would plead quilty at the Crown Court, when I asked why he said it would speed up the process and hopefully assist with a lesser sentence. Is this correct?
Hi Jo, sorry me again. I still have the case regarding not identifying the driver, which I highlighted I was not guilty. Although I did sent the documents back, I had no proof and therefore ended up sending the made up emails. I am due to appear in court on Wednesday regarding this. Do I plead not guilty on the basis I sent the documents back or do I simply now plead guilty? If pleading guilty will this help the case of perverting the course of justice? Hope makes sense.
Hi jo. Apologies two things mentioned was a credit for an early plea. What kind of credit can I get for an early plea, is there guidelines for this? Also the solicitor mentioned that although the crown court date is set for the end of November, this could be brought forward due to an early plea. He did highlight to the magistrates that a guilty plea was likely. Does this help in a credit too?