I purchased a 16-25 return ticket to destination B from A, via an actual person at the window - even they looked at my travel card.
It wasn't until my return journey I looked at my rail card, to find it was out of date.. (Haven't used in around a month).
The date was printed "18 APR 2015" (I've just checked this online) The 18 was very faded with the 2015 being only slightly visible..
. My instant thought was "oh no, I'm going to get in some serious trouble for this",
I stupidly decided to get a pencil from my bag and change the year to 2016 (only visible numerals)
Upon ticket inspection, the inspector questioned the year, to which I just put my hands up straight away - of course he took details..
I admitted to this via a statement and made my sign this admission statement, whilst taking my railcard/ticket etc.
I know I'm in trouble and I'm not looking for sympathy,
I'm just trying to establish the LIKELY course of action..
. I presume they will write to me asking for my account of events?
My questions are:
1) The best possible situation is out of court settlement - ADVICE FOR THIS PLEASE?
How do go about asking this?
What would make them want to pick this?
Do I await correspondence and then send a letter with apologies
and an offer (should I make an actual offer or let them propose such)?
2) The scenario of them looking to prosecute for fraud - what's the likelihood of this?
I understand what I've done is fraudulent, however I haven't replicated/manufactured a ticket or pass in order to evade completely, somewhat mitigating?
IF it did go for this, what would be the probable outcomes?
Again, thank you all for your opinions and feedback
- you all seem to have a much more educated understanding of this sort than most, so I look forward to more input..