I recently made a stupid mistake to use a plus 60 oyster.
I am in my 20s and am scared it will have grave implications on my career.
I was stopped by an OC towards the end of 2019 and was told to wait for a letter.
I admitted to using the oyster card over 40 times in the space of 2 months and have entered a guilty plea.
I was recently given a court date and without sounding blaze about this i am hoping someone can help me look at my options if i have any remaining.
I wont elaborate too much on my mitigation letter as this was declined by tfl
i will instead to focus on the implications this will have and if anyone is able to give me information on how the charges can affect my career it is hugely appreciated.
Here is the exact extract at the bottom of my 2nd letter from tfl,
note this is the letter i have received after pleading guilty and a summary of what i am charged for is stated:
"on xx/xx/xxxx at xxxxxxx station did enter a compulsory ticket area without having with xx a valid ticket.
Contrary to byelaw 17 (1) and 23 of the transport for london railway byelaws made under paragraph 26 or schedule 11 to the greater london authority act 1999 and confirmed under section 67 of the transport act 1972"
I have a few questions based on the summary of charges
1) Having read on forums in regards to the charges imposed to me, will the criminal record be spent after 12 months?
2) What are TFL charging me for,
i understand this will be for a less serious offence of strict liability and not one of fraud and dishonesty,
is this safe to confirm based on the acts mentioned above?
3) Would the charges be recordable once i am convicted?
I am unsure what the difference is as i am not in the legal field but i have read that the above conviction is not recordable and will not show up on a DBS check once it is spent and solely on an advanced DBS.
From my limited knowledge based on internet research,
does this mean that after 12 months the offence will be wiped off any basic or standard dbs checked and only apply on an advanced check?
(Answer to question 1 when confirmed to accurate knowledge)
4) Having had my mitigating circumstances dismissed in a recent letter,
would it be worth calling tfl and writing another letter to them to as for an OOC settlement and financial settlement with emphasis on expressing how sorry i am for these actions and how a criminal offence could impact my career given that i work in the financial sector, or am i correct in assuming that after 12 months this will become spent and therefore i can dismiss the above charges as less serious on my career?
I appreciate, that the questions raised may not be perfectly accurate but i have seen so many great forums in here and i believe that i can continue to approach this situation with the greatest focus.
Any help is great help at this tricky time.
Thank you in advance.