Ribblehead wrote:Would I be correct in guessing that each FPN is a crime detected, solved and justice served in one fell swoop?
Judge, jury and executioner, all in one.
Although I think legally (I could be wrong) an FPN alleges an offence has been committed, but says the case won't go to court if the payment is made. Hence, I think that even the payment of a FPN isn't an admission of guilt.
Does that mean you receive a criminal record without ever having appeared in court and defended yourself? Does a FPN always result in a criminal record, or is it a civil matter? What's the correct procedure to reject a FPN? I assume it's something other than tearing it in half in front of the eyes of the person who issued it.
Here's an incident I witnessed a year or so back:
1. Car pulls up outside a takeaway on double yellows, and blocking a cycle lane
2. Civil enforcement officer invites driver to move
3. Driver ignores request to move
4. Ticket issued and fixed to windscreen
5. Passenger emerges from takeaway and removes ticket from windscreen
6. Ticket is ripped up and thrown out of the car window as the vehicle drives away
The enforcement officer informed me that the driver would now receive the original ticket, plus a further ticket for littering.
Would that have resulted in a criminal record?