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As my name suggests, I have been a really silly person.


I was on a Thameslink train and only bought a ticket for part of my journey. The Revenue Officer talked to me, obtained my details and I signed a form stating that I didn't have the right ticket for the journey.


I am so so worried about being prosecuted and am deeply embarrassed. In fact worried isn't the word, petrified is a better word 


I have no idea what happens next or what the likely outcome is fine, prison etc?


I would be delighted if someone could give me an idea as to what I am in for in respect if a likely outcome and process.


Talk about being an idiot and learning the hard way. Lesson has been learnt today, I promise.





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Hello and welcome to CAG.


People should be along later to advise, but forget about prison, this doesn't happen for rail fares.


Is it the first time you've done this?


Best, HB

Illegitimi non carborundum




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Thanks HB, much appreciated. Although not prison is a criminal record likely or is it typically a fine? 


Yes, first offence. 


Does the process take long, just wondering I long I can expect this to hang over me. 

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await IF a letter comes.





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3 hours ago, honeybee13 said:

People should be along later to advise, but forget about prison, this doesn't happen for rail fares.



Prison isn’t even a possibility unless:

a) they successfully prosecute under the Regulation of Railways Act (RRA) 1889 s.5 offences (requiring intent, rather than ‘just’ the Bylaw 18 offence of failing to show a ticket)

(which is part of why - in general - you [or anyone else posting] should tell us what the letter says, if /when you get one) The other part of ‘why’ is for the RRA offence they have to prove intent

b) it’d have to be a 2nd or subsequent conviction under the RRA.


So, put aside thoughts of prison (but don’t risk it again!)



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Not every time, I believe, but of course we have no way of knowing which cases they might let go. A letter can take up to about six weeks to arrive, it depends on the rail company [TOC].


If it's a journey you do regularly, you could look into buying a season ticket to show good faith.



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