Jun 25, 2018 @ 14:42
What are TICs?
TICs are offences “taken into consideration” at the time of sentencing.
So, if you have pleaded guilty to an offence or are expected to, (or are due to be sentenced), then you can admit other offences and ask for them to be taken into consideration upon sentence.
The police may also approach you and ask if you want to accept any TICs. It is absolutely crucial that you obtain legal advice as acceptance of TICs does have consequences and there are risks.
What happens with offences taken into consideration?
You will be spoken to under caution, if you do admit other offences and the police and prosecution agree, a schedule of the offences will be prepared and placed before the court. It is then for the court to decide whether or not to take them into account.
On the positive side, the court will consider the fact that you have assisted the police and shown a genuine desire to “wipe the slate clean”. Any consideration taken of offences taken into consideration will result in a difference to your sentence, but this may not be as much as if you were sentenced separately for that offence.
On the negative side, the acceptance of TICs may result in a greatly increased sentence as they are treated as an aggravating feature, especially if there is a large number. The total sentence imposed has to reflect all of the offending behaviour. You can also be ordered to pay compensation in relation to TICs. Also, you will never know if those offences would ever have been linked to you, so you may be admitting more than could ever be proved. This is in effect a simple trade off, peace of mind versus looking over your shoulder wondering whether the past will catch up with you.
‘Wiping the slate clean’
If you wish to wipe the slate clean it is important to ensure that all outstanding offences are admitted, otherwise you may not receive any discount if a future prosecution is brought. In the recent case of Murray  EWCA Crim 1252 the court observed (citing an earlier case of McLean  EWCA Crim 170):
“It seems to us however that this appellant must have made a conscious choice not to disclose the July 2014 matter in the hope that it would go undetected. In those circumstances he cannot now claim to be sentenced as if both matters should have been dealt with together in January 2015. To permit that to happen at this stage would be unjust to the public interest in giving the appellant an undeserved, uncovenanted bonus. This case therefore is a salutary illustration of the benefits which can accrue to offenders from making voluntary admissions of additional offending and the risks that they run if they choose not to do so.”
What sort of offences can be considered?
Similar offending is likely to be accepted as a TIC. An offence is unlikely to be accepted as a TIC if –
- it is an admission to an offence more serious than the one you have pleaded guilty to;
- it is an offence that would attract disqualification or penalty points on conviction;
- if it is an offence committed in breach of an earlier sentence;
- where it is an offence completely dissimilar to the one charged; or
- where it is a specified offence when the charged offence is not.
If I admit further offences will they definitely be TICs?
Not necessarily. Admissions in the circumstances above may lead to further criminal charges being brought against you, this is why legal advice is important.
How can we help?
Whilst there are positives to offering forward offences to be taken into consideration, it is absolutely imperative it is done in the correct manner. At Morton’s Solicitors, we have vast experience in providing such tailored advice.
To discuss any aspect of your case and whether you are considering other offences to be taken into consideration then please contact our friendly team on 0161 477 1211 or contact us for more details.