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Potential Prosecution for Perverting the Course of Justice
Posted on 28/07/2011 11:18:00
Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne has been accused of asking his now separated wife to take penalty points on her driving licence in respect of a speeding offence he is alleged to have committed, in order to avoid a driving ban!
The Crown Prosecution Service are now considering the case to decide whether they want to prosecute. If the decision is taken to prosecute Chris Huhne then he could face an offence of Perverting the Course of Justice. This offence carries a maximum of life imprisonment and can only be dealt with in the Crown Court.
People are increasingly asking partners, relatives and friends etc to take penalty points for motoring offences in an effort to avoid penalty points being added to their own driving licences. More penalty points on driving licences can result in increased insurance premiums and driving disqualification's although what people do not seem to be aware of, is that by doing this, they are committing an offence of Perverting the Course of Justice, which if convicted, can result in a lenghty period of imprisonment!
It is unclear at this stage whether Chris Huhne will be prosecuted, although given he strongly denies the allegation, if he is prosecuted, the case could proceed to trial at the Crown Court.
If you ever find yourself in the position of considering asking somebody else to take penalty points for you, think again. The penalties for Perverting the Course of Justice far exceed the penalties for being disqualified from driving. Even if you are facing a driving disqualification, there is always something that can be done to mitigate this or even avoid a disqualification all together by arguing exceptional hardship.