Firstly I want to mention I am ashamed of what I did.
I was using a 16+ oyster and got caught by a ticket inspector.
It had my name, and photo, however, the inspector began quizzing me about my D.O.B. of course, I stuttered because I was panicking.
I got it from a friend of a friend, someone I never met.
I was stupid for doing it I know.
And no excuse will absolve me of my wrongdoing.
I was told I would receive a letter from TFL. I am so afraid I will get a criminal record.
This is my first time doing something so silly.
I saw a similar post about this from November however I don't know what action was eventually taken against the person.
I am really worried, and I am afraid it will affect my career and academic prospects if I receive a criminal record.
I am still yet to receive the letter from TFL.
I want some guidance on how to respond.
And whether anyone has been in a similar situation and what the outcome was.
Will I have to show up to court?
And if I do will I receive a conviction?
I will have to plead guilty, and I plan to.
Also, will how long I've used the oyster card affect whether or not I will receive a criminal conviction?
What should I include in my response to them?
Is there anything I should avoid writing.
I would be so grateful for any guidance and advice.
After some browsing on other forums, it is likely I will have to pay a fine.
What else can I expect to happen?
Should I ask for an out of court settlement?