What further information do you require?
Can the police plan to charge me with failing to report an accident in a supermarket car park when they examined my car and saw that there was no evidence of any collision?
The police said that they had witnesses who had seen me reverse into a parked car. Having been shown my car, and seen that there was no damage to the back of my car, they have now returned with a different story - that the witnesses now say I drove forwards into a parked car. surely they cannot pursue a case against me having changed their 'evidence'?
Thank you for your advice.
Please explain what you mean about 'argue mistake'
Surely a car parking shunt, of which, if it happened, I was entirely unaware, is an insurance matter? Not a matter for the police?
I would certainly rather admit liability for a minor shunt than face a criminal charge, which although I am innocent, is clearly going to be difficult to defend.
So please advise how I can avoid this matter coming to court at all.
Driving without due care and attention into a parking space in a car park?
What I am saying is that when the police called, I told them that I had no knowledge of any incident, they examined by car and said that the witnesses must have been mistaken.
Now they have returned with a different story. As the front of my car was damaged, and the police say they have two independent witnesses, and your advice is that my prospects of defending myself are poor to non-existent, my question is.
How can I avoid this matter proceding to a criminal charge, which is much worse than simply having the insurance company pay for minor damage - whether it was my fault or not.
Where does the interview at the police station with my solicitor present fit in with the CPS? Will the police decide at this 'interview' whether to report to CPS, or is this automatic at this stage?
Thank you for your helpful response, and thorough answers.
I am not clear about whether you mean if it is referred to CPS is will not be reviewed. Or not get to court?
I guess a local solicitor will be able to advise me as to what the process is now?
What is the best way of choosing a local solicitor who is likely to be able to resolve this without going to court?
So, last questions.
Again, not clear about your answer . Are you saying that if this matter is passed to CPS it will not be reviewed, or it will not go to court?
Will a competent solicitor be able to handle the police interview in a manner that makes it unlikely that the police will have a reasonable prospect of a conviction? Given the conflicting accounts of the 'accident' .
I see you have answered NO to my first question. Please clarify. Are you saying it will not be reviewed/be badly reviewed. Or are you saying that if a review is required it will not go to court?
What is PACE?
What does 'being summons for failing to identify' mean?
1) No? Is that 'no it will not be reviewed' (does it make any difference to me what the quality of the CPS charging lawyers are?) Or 'no, it will not go to court?'
2)What is PACE
And what does 'resign yourself to being summons for failing to identify' mean?
1 If they need CPS advice, then the case will be reviewed but probably badly. 2 Police and Criminal Evidence Act. 3 That was a typo. it should have read summons for failing to stop and report and probably driving without dure care and attention.