(before I start babbling away, bear in mind I'm living in the UK) My brother is 17, and was found in possession of 2 joints by a copper about 2 months ago. In the UK when you get caught with cannabis under the age of 18 you're supposed to be taken to a police station and reprimanded with a parent or carer present. Well, the copper confiscated the weed and then wrote my brother up a ticket for a cannabis warning which included an Â£80 fine. About a week later, we get a letter in the mail saying that the fine has been dropped due to the fact that the copper fucked up and charged him as an adult, but that he may contact us with an alternative method of disposal. So when my brother was getting busted he signed a confession slip which said he agreed to the on the spot warning and fine. The system in the UK is in place to deal with minor crimes without having to go through courts and without more severe punishments being handed out - but since the copper took my bros confession and interviewed him and whatever without a parent or carer there, SURELY it was unlawful, and he'd be able to get the charges dropped? I REALLLLLYYY need help on this, it could potentially change the course of my brothers life, I've looked into it as much as I can but I can't find any concrete evidence to let my brother go out on a limb like that. Because if it doesn't work, he's going to get a criminal record, and then he's fucked for the rest of his life. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, they've been bothering him for months now. The incident was in May and they said they were going to come by the house to reprimand him but the person never did, and now they phone him once a week trying to organise a time for us to go to the station. He just got a call today saying that if we don't get in contact soon they'll be forced to report it straight to the courts. The police officer is frankly a fucking cunt and the fact that he has the time to follow up shit like this during all of these riots is absolutely ridiculous. ANY legal advice would be helpful, I mean the way this cop allegedly treated my brother is disgusting and he deserves to be put right in the middle of the shit in Tottenham. My brother said that he was called a fucking idiot at least 3 times, and his friend told his behavior was 'cuntish' for not saying that half of the weed was his as well. Complete fucking bullshit, who the fuck is that prick to talk to him like that for smoking some fucking herb. Anyway guys we're desperate here so PLEASE help!