What is “Perverting the Course of Justice” & “Failure to Provide Information”?

Perverting the course of justice is a very serious offence that can only be dealt with at the Crown Court.

It is an offence where the prosecution will seek to establish that a person has done an act or behaved in such a way that it was their intention that justice might have been avoided either for themselves or for someone else.

There are often cases where a person may be accused of perverting the course of justice because false statements have been made to the police in an investigation; we are often asked about how perverting the course of justice, driving offence or criminal investigation may be linked together.

One example is when a driver receives a Section 172 Notice asking them to identify whether they were the driver of the vehicle at a specific time when it is thought that an offence may have been committed. Providing false information is sometimes known as perverting the course of justice driving offence. The Police can also consider charges under the Perjury Act for providing false or misleading information in relation to a traffic offence.

Even if you have never been in trouble with the police or courts before, perverting the course of justice as a first offence is still very serious and expert legal advice is essential from the outset.

The penalty for perverting the course of justice can be severe. When a Judge is deciding on perverting the course of justice sentence range, the Judge will be considering whether a prison sentence can be avoided.

The need for expert assistance at both the Police Station and Court stages is essential. For immediate assistance and help, contact us now.