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I recently received a caution on the train by a ticket

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Hi, I recently received a caution on the train by a ticket inspector. The accusation was that the ticket I was traveling with (30 day return) had been used previously.The ticket covered my entire journey and was on its final valid day (expiring tomorrow the day after). As far a I know, it had not passed though a ticket machine previously and had not been stamped. Could you please advise what the repercussions of this could be? My ticket was confiscated and I did not receive a copy of the caution.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
When you say as far as you know, what is it not your ticket ?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes, it is my ticket. I tend to carry several open return tickets in my wallet but am pretty sure this one has not been used previously, despite it being close to its expiry

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Did the Inspector say there would be further action?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes, he read me my rights and filled in a form I had to sign. He said I would receive a letter

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Ok. You need to wait to see what happens. You should have got a copy of the ticket and been told why it was defective. If you are sure it wasn't used then there isn't anything they can do. Even if it was I am sure all they would do, if this was the first offence, would be to warn you.
It isn't worth prosecuting if you won't and haven't done it before or since.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Alex
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

It is probably worth mentioning that when the ticket inspector started filling in the caution form, I got nervous and said I may have used the ticket before but I am really not sure. I thought the ticket was valid.

That being said, if I have traveled with the ticket previously, I am confident it has not been through a barrier.

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
That doesn't matter though If you made an admission, that really doesn't help you. It makes no difference if you had been through a barrier, you said you may have used it before.
Alex
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok, so does my admission change the outcome?
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
It does not change it but does not assist you.
Does that help?
Alex
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. What I'm really concerned about - is how likely am I to be prosecuted for fare evasion etc? (I've read horror stories on the internet) Or, is it most likely to be an out of court fine? Or warning... if I'm lucky?
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
I wouldn't worry at this stage, you may just get a fine or warning from them.
Alex
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Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Hi

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Alex