I am new to this but had a similar experience last year.
I had a weekly ticket that covered me on a paralel train line.
One day within that week i was travelling on a different train line and purchased a ticket for a single journey.
I got stopped at a station and asked to show my ticket.
I had lost the single journey ticket between the beginning of my journey and the end desitnation.
Paid cash for it so no proof of purchase,
I showed the inspector my ticket which coevered me for the paralel line which I thought may get me through.
Instead he said he would be sending it off for the transport people to decide.
I didnt hear anything until a letter came through stating that I had 2 weeks to reply and state whether or not i was guilty or not guilty.
I was goign to be on holiday when the court appearance came up so I jsut did it by mail thinking I would just get a fine.
The fine came through abt £200, I paid it and thought that was it. No mention of a criminal record.
I work in finance and having read this post am now terrified that I actually have a criminal record as stated in this post?
Is there any way I can appeal against this after the decision has been made,
I have never been in trouble with the law before and this will compeletly ruin my career for such a stupid mistake.
Is there any help or have I actually ruined my life?