||But that's not a very good indication of whether an act is illegal or not.
As far as I can see, all the constituent elements of the offence of fraud by false representation are met.
||Unless the threats were seriously violent in nature, this wouldn't be viewed as criminal by the police or negligent by social services.
||GBH is an offence involving really serious injury so obviously someone was really seriously injured.
||So we have items , , and checked off - we have to also check off item to have an offence of fraud.
Point is to answer whether the representation is dishonest.
||These offences can be tried standalone, on indictment, at Crown Court.
The vast majority of indictable offences - including theft - have no prosecution time limit.
||*EDIT: As per post below, this is completely wrong - there is a specific offence relating to pornographic cartoons which I didn't know about, sorry.*
It's only illegal (under s.
||It's also illegal to obtain alcohol when drunk, so OP commits an offence too.
Regardless, while it is an offence, OP isn't going to get his 1500 back on that basis.
||How would a layman be able to tell if an offence is criminal or not?
The word "offence" in English law always refers to criminal acts.
||I really don't think it's some sort of lucrative scam.
It is an extraordinarily lucrative scam in most cases, especially where children are involved.
||I'd suggest that there was no need for this offence as it was covered by fraud and consumer protection legislation.
Since a representation must be made before a fraud can be complete, he does not commit this offence.
||CPS actually **upgrading** the charges from a single battery to ABH and dangerous driving at court, and stripping me of my right to ever criticise them again.