I was caught recently in England without a ticket and stopped at the barrier by a guard who took down my details. I later received the following letter: "On <date> at <station> a person giving the above name and address was questioned by a member of staff about the payment of a rail fare. All the available evidence is being considered as to whether legal proceedings are appropriate. If you consider that there are further mitigating factors that may influence any decision that may be made about this matter you are invited to respond, within 14 days of the date of this letter using the enclosed FREEPOST envelope. If you wish to make any comments about the incident please do so on the reverse of this letter. Please ensure ALL details below are completed and returned to ensure our records are correct." I was in a desperate situation to board without a ticket in the first place. I had hoped I could arrange to pay for the ticket at a later date but there was no inspector on the train itself. This is my first ever offence. I am really concerned about this going on record. Will I have a criminal record if they prosecute? What's my best course of action here? Thanks in advance.