Sorry about that Jo.
It looks like half the info didn't come through.
In simple terms i hit the back of a vehicle and the police are charging me with driving without due care and attention.
As the police weren't there at the time and there are no cameras (I checked because the tricycle that I hit was pulling wheelies so wanted to see if it was on tape anywhere).
I am trying to ascertain if they automatically charge the person who hits a vehicle from behind with this and what the best way to fight it would be?
Also they did offer a RIDE course in a letter but send Driver Alertness leaflets and booking details so I tried to contact the investigating officer about this to clarify why but was unable to speak with him (various voicemail messages). In the end I posted a letter through the door at his police station (no letterbox) but received no response.
A few weeks later when I was on holiday in the US and my son called me and told me a letter from the police arrived. I asked him to open it. It was offering a RIDE course with the correct leaflets and info but the course had to be booked within 7 Days.
I called the phone number on the letter to explain that I was on holiday and couldn't book the course until I got back. They said they would extend the date and would get in touch with the officer and see if he would call me.
Then I received a call telling me that the officer had requested the file back and that he would be in touch. Next thing I receive is a intention to charge me along with a court date.
I am due to fly back to the US on that date so can't make the court date. Again is there a way I can get the date changed?
I actually fly out on the Friday that I am due in court. I need to be at the airport three hours before. So will be getting on the plane about the time I am due in court.
Okay thanks. Think I got that.
Any specific terminology I should use in respect of drafting a plea by post?
I was actually planning on pleading not guilty. I did what i was instructed to do which is look over my shoulder prior to changing lanes.
The incident was an accident rather than me not paying attention.
more a set of events that coincided which caused the accident.
Me changing lanes at exactly the same time that the vehicle in front brakes sharply.
Would this stand up?
What would i need to convince the magistrate?
I can ask statement from my motor cycle instructor.
Okay well thanks advice.
Ill see if i can get the date changed so I can enjoy my holiday and then appear and see how they accept my case.
One last question. Do they have to prove i was driving without due care and attention?
If so would they need evidence rather than supposing that it was my fault, and if so am I entitled to a copy of that evidence?
Can i ask evidence they may have such as witness statements or are these not classed as evidence?
I'll see what appears in the post.