Being an intimidating person
Referrals will require the agreement of the relevant Head of Complex Casework Unit, Chief Crown Prosecutor or Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor.
The most common example is when a suspect provides false details to an officer - whether it involves giving a false name, date of birth, address or a combination of the three.
Regard must be had to the factors outlined in General Charging Practice, above in this guidance and in Charging Practice for Public Justice Offences, above in this guidance, which help to identify the seriousness of the conduct.
It does not matter whether or not the acts result in a perversion of the course of justice: the offence is committed when acts tending and intended to pervert a course of justice are done. The offence of perverting the course of justice overlaps with a number of other statutory offences.The words "attempting to" should not appear in the charge. Before preferring such a charge, consideration must be given to the possible alternatives referred to in this Charging Standard and, where appropriate, any of the following offences: Perverting the course of justice covers a wide range of conduct.It is charged contrary to common law, not the Criminal Attempts Act 1981: 92 Cr. A charge of perverting the course of justice should, however be reserved for serious cases of interference with the administration of justice.However, consecutive sentences may be imposed when the conduct is a separate and subsequent act, in which case a count of perverting the course of conduct should be considered.The following are examples of acts which may constitute the offence, although General Charging Practice, above in this guidance and Charging Practice for Public Justice Offences, above in this guidance should be carefully considered before preferring a charge of perverting the course of justice: A prosecution may not be in the public interest if the principal proceedings are at a very early stage and the action taken by the defendant had only a minor impact on those proceedings.