Sticky situation, advice please

Samwise

Midshipman
First off, sorry for the wall of text.

Im joining as an AET in july. A couple of weeks ago I was stopped by the police driving my mums car whilst mine was being repaired. It flashed up on the computer that there was no MOT on the car. Anyway, I was allowed to drive home and was told an officer would be over the next day to discuss the case.

The next day I got my insurance documents out for them to see and everything appeared to be fine, until they said that I wasn't actually covered to drive my mums car. I, obviously wrongly, presumed my fully comprehensive cover would allow me to drive my mums car on a third party basis, but the small print said this didn't apply to those under 25 (I'm 22).

Now obviously this is my fault for not reading the small print on my documents, but where do I sit in terms of my navy application? Is a 'driving without insurance' conviction a bar to entry under the 'rehabilitation of offenders act'. I've not yet received a court date, but my own research suggests there are two types of offence, 'recordable' and 'non-recordable' and driving without insurance falls into the latter, meaning I won't get a criminal record? How does the navy see this?

Any advice/experience will be greatly appreciated as my entire career hangs in the balance here :s

Sam.
 

soleil

War Hero
Sam

At the end of your interview, your RN Careers Advisor will have read out something to you called the Post Interview Caution as given below and by which you are bound. The right thing for you to do is to get in touch with him/her tomorrow morning and let yourself be guided by him/her.

"It is a condition of entry into the Naval Service that should you become involved with the Police, either as a witness or subject to prosecution, you must report the facts immediately to a member of the Careers Staff at this AFCO. Failure to do so may delay your final entry or may be considered as fraudulently withholding information."



 

Samwise

Midshipman
Sorry chaps, forgot to mention I have already informed my AFCO and explained. He was quite doom and gloom, and said get a lawyer but to prepare for the worst if I'm convicted. My only hope after speaking to him was the grey area around the actual offence itself, and whether a 'non recordable' offence (no criminal record) will be a bar to entry. He said to get back to him once I've spoken to a lawyer which I'm doing this week.

Another thing is the fact that the police officer let me drive home knowing there was no insurance applied to the car, thereby basically instructing me to drive without insurance and an MOT. Surely she shouldn't have let me drive at all and impounded the car on the spot?

Janner, my mum didnt realise her MOT had expired, which invalidates any insurance relating to that car so unfortunately that won't hold up :(

Thanks for the replies guys.
 

Samwise

Midshipman
The MOT was confirmed to be expired when I was stopped, that fact alone invalidates my mums insurance policy which applies to her car regardless of the details of my own policy. Does that make sense? The police officer must have known this rule.
 
Is someone shitting me? The military wont allow someone to join up with some minor crap this lads done? Not as if he stole the car or anything. Are we just recruiting people turned down by the monastries or something?

Unbelievable, what ever happened to cops having an ounce of common sense (Oh I forgot...targets) would it be worth telling the judge this **** up will wreck your career?
 

silverfox

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
If I had a quid for everyone who said at Table that they 'forgot to read daily Orders' in their defence..........

What's done is done, and I'm sure that it won't be that bad... people have joined with worse than that.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Samwise

Go and see a Solicitor today, take any paperwork that you have from the RN regarding your joining and explain that any penalty may put a finish to this career before its started.

Make sure that you take your insurance etc. and Mums including the expired MoT.

If he rings Police HQ at Winfrith he may be able to get the matter dealt with without it going to court. It will depend on things like how long ago the MOT expired and how good the other documents are. The sooner you get onto it the more chance you have of getting this sort of result.
 

Samwise

Midshipman
Thanks for the support chaps! On Friday when I see my lawyer I'm going to ask him to speak to the judge/magistrate in his chambers before the hearing and explain the gravity of the situation to him! Here's hoping common sense prevails!
 
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