Because it strikes at the very heart of the judicial system, ‘perverting the course of justice’ is one of the most serious offences that may be brought before a court.
Despite the fact that immediate custody is almost always the result of this terrible offence, a surprising amount of people perpetrate it in the mistaken belief that they would get away with it.
“Offences of perverting the course of justice are intrinsically so serious that they will almost always attract an immediate custodial sentence unless there are exceptional circumstances justifying a different course” (R v Cronin (2017)).
The Panicked Driver
A traffic infraction that is so insignificant in nature that it will only result in 3 penalty points and a small fine. However, due to the previous points on the licence, it is possible that the licence will be revoked in this case.
How easy it would be for someone else to take the fall, perhaps even naming a distant relative; who would know?
Of course, believing that you won’t be detected is the breeding environment for many a blunder.
In actuality, the police are quite interested in these situations, and it frequently only takes a little detective work to figure out who the genuine criminal is.
The points follow, as does the disqualification, which now becomes a reality with no realistic hope of justifying extraordinary hardship, and, worst of all, two people are arrested, potentially in the early hours of the morning, in front of friends and relatives, possibly including little children.
Finally, a prison sentence is imposed. All for the sake of avoiding a few penalty points.
Ironically, in many situations, disqualification may have been avoided if early assistance from an experienced road traffic practitioner had been sought.
Many otherwise nice, hardworking people find themselves in court as a result of rash judgments. Always seek guidance before acting.
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