13 Reasons Why is currently making waves as a much watch Netflix Original Series. But would you believe that there are at least 13 offences committed throughout the 13 episodes? Over the next 2 days I will be continuing to post blogs about the 13 different offences I have found and what could happen should you be arrested or charged with them.
12. Perverting the Course of Justice (Section 1 of the Perjury Act 1911)
Perverting the Course of Justice is an extremely serious offence, it is an Indictable Only offence which means that it can only be heard in the Crown Court.
This offence is committed when you prevent justice being served on either yourself or someone else. It is a Common Law offence and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the most serious of cases.
Perverting the Course of Justice can committed in many ways – e.g. it can be committed if someone fabricates or disposes of any evidence in relation to a case, by intimidating or threatening a witness, a member of the Jury, or a Judge or if someone falsely make accusations against someone knowing that the Police could conduct an investigation.
Depending on the circumstances and the facts of the case, it is likely that you would be sentenced to a term of imprisonment much less than the maximum of life. For example, if you agreed to accept points on your driving license in place of your partner or family member and you are found to be lying, you could end up being charged with Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice and could receive a sentence of up to/around 12 months’ imprisonment.
It is possible for the Crown Court to impose a Fine, a Community Order, a suspended Sentence or a prison Sentence of any length. This will depend on the circumstances of each case. We can help you ascertain the likely sentence if you are arrested by representing you at both the Police Station and at Court.
Being an imprisonable offence means that there is the chance of being eligible for Legal Aid. This means that any representation at the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court could be at no cost to the Defendant as all costs incurred will be met from public funds. (This does depend on the Defendant’s income and financial circumstances). You may need to pay a contribution towards Legal Aid in the Crown Court.
We have a duty as Solicitors to not mislead the Court, if we for any reason believe that there could be any act that would mislead a Court we would have to withdraw from representing you.