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    • Hi there,    I have had a little read of the forums and I'd be grateful for any advice or recommendation on this matter as to be honest my head is in a total spin and I can't think clearly.   About 6 weeks back I got caught using my grandmother's freedom pass. I was massively struggling financially and desperate for a job. I was obsessed with getting a job to the point I thought of little else. I have autism and have been suffering with anxiety and depression also. To be transparent, I haven't had a 'clear head' in a while and lack a bit of an understanding of the bigger picture at times. When I used the pass, I genuinely thought it'd save me money getting to the interview (I had about £10 to my name and just was petrified about my life prospects) and put the pass back at my grandmother's and there would be minimal issues. I knew you could get prosecuted for not having the right ticket and knew I shouldn't have done it but I didn't actually understand what that entailed, if that makes sense?   I was caught on the way to interview and crumbled apart completely. As I was approached I panicked and attempted to produce a card I hadn't used. Safe to say the experienced inspector saw through that and once that happened I confessed to it not being my card and it being that of my grandmother's. I explained that I'd been made redundant in the summer and that I've always had a hard time finding jobs. I said I used the card because of my poor finances and that I just wanted to try and get the job and everything would get better after that.    He took my statement, cautioned me and I honestly don't remember the rest as I felt completely emotionally overwhelmed. Amazingly I did get the job and started the next day. Shaken up by what happened, I have consistently used my own oyster card since, eventually confessing my poor finances to my family who agreed to help me through the first pay day. Days later I received a letter from TfL which asked me to provide any mitigating reasons for them not to pursue prosecution. I accepted that what I had done was wrong, apologised profusely and promised to never do it again. I explained everything about my consistent struggle with employment, how I would lose my job if I was to be convicted, and that I only now understand the consequences of Freedom Pass misuse. I also described in detail my poor mental health and how it was worsening since the incident. I submitted this letter and received a response through email from one of the prosecutors who asked for further evidence of the mental health conditions and disability I was alluding to. This was towards the end of last month. I panicked and just didn't know how to reply, but I have since requested my medical records which I haven't got back yet. My anxiety and depression has gotten much worse, I was signed off sick from the new job i got, then subsequently let go from this job because of my sickness. I was prescribed medication not long after the initial incident and will be getting a higher dose soon. I am having constant panic attacks as I am terrified for my future life prospects. I struggle already finding and keeping a job because of my disability and coping with depression. I just feel a criminal conviction will be one barrier too many for me to find anything. My previous roles and work have all centred about some law and some finance which required Enhanced background checks. I emailed the prosector team member who emailed me all of this info and also explained that my anxiety over this incident had caused me to be off work sick and that I had subsequently lost my employment. I mentioned that I was remorseful and apologised again, and offered to pay a fine that TfL felt appropriate along with any other fees necessary in order to settle out of court. I said I have requested medical records and asked if there was a deadline to submit further evidence. I heard nothing back. Today I received a single justice procedure notice for entering 'a compulsory ticket area without having with him a valid ticket'. it's clear they intend to go on and prosecute me and i feel sick and cannot sleep even though I'm utterly sleep deprived.   The statement given by the RCI is in my opinion fair and accurate, I have no qualms there.  From what I can make out from the paperwork, it's the £4.90 that's in dispute (the cash value of the fare) which I've gotten from the RCI's statement and there's a mention of a fine (which would be reduced up to 33 % if I plead guilty) costs (mentioned as a 225 contribution) compensation (mentioned as £0.00) and victim surcharge with no value mentioned. I honestly feel my life is in ruins worrying about this and thinking about how bad things would be with a conviction. Sorry for the too much info but I feel like I'm very much at the edge at the moment. I know it may seem like my health getting so bad is an overreaction to the incident but I think that is the impact of my autism (I have a tendency to over worry and obsess) and my depression. I honestly can't think straight and the reason for my post is because I do need some direction in how to respond to this? I received a decent tax rebate at the end of october as well as full wages from my last job and would be in a position to pay. I just can't take the conviction hit.  Any ideas on my next steps, I still haven't sent further evidence as I'm still gathering it but should I start there? I have 21 days to enter a plea. I'm still awaiting my medical records but have a picture of my prescription, my 'fit note' which signed me off work, and have screenshots from my tfl account that show that I have been using my own oyster account since (Although now being out of work and most of the time find it hard to leave the house - these journeys are sporadic). I haven't consulted my doctor fully about why my health has gotten worse but I may talk to her in the hope that she may also write a letter if this would be helpful?   Apologies for the novel and again, any help, advice, and kind words would be appreciated. I recognise what I did was wrong but I am desperate to not pay for it for years and years to come.  
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    • Please will you send the utilities company a subject access request. Do it tomorrow. Don't hang around. You will need this information to make any headway.   Secondary, you have posted quite an extensive story in a solid block of text and this is very difficult for people to follow. It discourages people who might otherwise be prepared to give you very useful support and advice. please would you avoid posting your stories or your responses in solid blocks of text. They need to be properly punctuated and spaced and generally speaking presented in a way that you would yourself like to have them presented to you if you were going to to help out on the thread.    
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DQ arrived, will fill it in and send it recorded tomorrow.


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Sending it off today. I hope I did it right, I need to be a Lay Representative for him but didn't mention it on the DQ, I assume "witness" means something else.


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Witness is 1 cheddar...himself...for you to assist and speak you will have to request permission of your local county court.

 

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Witness is 1 cheddar...himself...for you to assist and speak you will have to request permission of your local county court.

 

Andy

 

Oh! I see, "including yourself"! Derp. Ok so wtiness 1 is the boyfriend so I'll put 1 and if we get a hearing date I'll write to the court asking if I can be his Lay Rep and why.

 

What about mediation, there's no way he can speak on the phone, that's even worse then in person for him. I can't find anything about representing someone at mediation, only at hearings.


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I cant see a problem with you relaying the details by telephone on his behalf...again just tell the mediator the reasons why.


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Awesome, thanks Andy!


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It was sent 2nd Class Recorded on the 10th

Royal Mail say the barcode isn't valid even though I have a receipt for it.

 

Nothing on MCOL to say they have got my DQ

it was sent to me 3 weeks ago

 

I'm waiting on someone at Royal Mail to get back to me.

 

What can I do if it's been lost?

 

Send another?

 

Can I use a blank form printed out?

 

Do I need to contact the court?

 

This is seriously the last thing I need after spending a week severely ill and I'm still not well. :(


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don't panic mr Mannering

 

 

phone the court and ask...

 

 

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don't panic mr Mannering

 

 

phone the court and ask...

 

 

dx

 

Thanks, I'll give em a bell in the morning. Blegh. Shall let you know what they say ^_^


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Was ill most of the night, slept most the day so didn't get to ring Nothampton, looked on Royal Mails Twitter to see if they had replied to me, it seems Track & Trace was broken. Looked again and it was signed for on 11th March. It just doesn't show on the MCOL.

 

Waiting game again.

 

:)


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Cheddar...submission of your DQ does not appear on MCOL until a Notice of Allocation is served...this transfers the claim to your local county court and sets the directions you must comply with....once this is received MCOL will show the claim has been transferred out.

 

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Cheddar...submission of your DQ does not appear on MCOL until a Notice of Allocation is served...this transfers the claim to your local county court and sets the directions you must comply with....once this is received MCOL will show the claim has been transferred out.

 

Andy

 

Yet I just had another look at MCOL and it states:

 

"You filed a DQ on 19/03/2016"

 

I guess that was added on today. I wonder if Lowlifes have sent theirs in, guess we don't get to see that bit lol.


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Bump your thread when you receive your Notice of Allocation.


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Got a bill from Lowlifes Solicitors and a copy of their DQ. Was I supposed to send one to them?

 

They also put "0" in the section of how many witnesses including them will show at court. Is that an admittance that they won't turn up? Seems odd to me.

 

Sorry if I'm not to be asking questions until I get the allocation. I'm just curious.


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Got a bill from Lowlifes Solicitors and a copy of their DQ. Was I supposed to send one to them? Bill for what.?..the claim has not even been allocated to track yet

 

They also put "0" in the section of how many witnesses including them will show at court. Is that an admittance that they won't turn up? Seems odd to me. No they went to the same skool as Mr Carter..same maths teacher:-)

Sorry if I'm not to be asking questions until I get the allocation. I'm just curious.

No problem ask away

 

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:lol:

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LOL!! Yeah I remember Mr Carter. They just made the letter look like a bill tbh, very dodgy, it has the body of a letter and then details on the debt on the right with the amount in bold which is now over £300.


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Probably yeah, I managed to get a quick look of it as I was going out the door. Sorry, I didn't word myself correctly.


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Had a look on MCOL last night, shows claimant filed DQ on 02/04/16.

 

Nothing else has happened as yet :)


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Have you received your DQ and filed also cheddar ?

 

Yup. Current state on MCOL:

 

Claim Status

A claim was issued against you on 11/01/2016

Your acknowledgment of service was submitted on 14/01/2016 at 21:15:13

Your acknowledgment of service was received on 15/01/2016 at 08:02:10

Your defence was submitted on 28/01/2016 at 16:05:07

Your defence was received on 29/01/2016 at 08:01:41

DQ sent to you on 01/03/2016

You filed a DQ on 19/03/2016

DQ filed by claimant on 02/04/2016


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So they (Claimants Sols) have not served a copy on you...did you send them a copy of yours?


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So they (Claimants Sols) have not served a copy on you...did you send them a copy of yours?

 

See #65. They sent me a copy of their DQ but unfortunately no, I didn't send them a copy of mine, bit late now :/


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