Category: Criminal Law

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Helping The Police With Their Enquires

What happens if the Police arrest me? Do I need a solicitor? How do I get a solicitor? What happens at the Police Station? How long will I be there? These are just some of the questions you may well ask, and which this Guide will endeavour to answer together with many others. It is not just the guilty who…

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New Legislation: ​Finn’s Law: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019

Finn’s Law: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019 New legislation means causing unnecessary harm to protected service animals is now an offence in England and Wales. The new law which has been given royal assent gives protection to service animals such as police horses and dogs. The law was inspired by a German shepherd Finn,…

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Acid Now Listed as a Dangerous Weapon

In March, acid was listed as a highly dangerous weapon in new sentencing guidelines. Those caught carrying acid or likewise corrosive substances in public can face 6 months in jail under new guidelines. Those under the age of 18 could receive 4 months detention and training order.  If the substance is used to harm- this…

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Police Stop and Search Powers Extended

The extension of stop and search powers are underway, as Sajid Javid plans officers to be able to stop anyone suspected of carrying acid without a good reason. Currently, police can only do so when they have evidence that a person is about to cause an injury. The home secretary is also pushing for police…

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​An insight into Criminal Behaviour Orders

Punishment for antisocial behaviour The punishments for antisocial behaviour can include civil injunctions, community protection notices CPN, and criminal behaviour orders CBO. These punishments replaced Antisocial Behaviour Orders in England, but ASBO’S are still issued in Scotland. Antisocial behaviour includes: Playing loud music at night Vandalism and graffiti Drunken or threatening behaviour Persistent aggressive behaviour…

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What is the Law for Young Offenders?

What is age of criminal responsibility? The age of criminal responsibility is 10 in England and Wales. Children under 10 cannot be arrested or charged with a crime. Children between 10 and 17 can be arrested and taken to court (dependent upon the severity of the crime committed). Children are subject to specific sentencing guidelines,…

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Rise in UK Modern Day Slave Trade

The Crown Prosecution Service has published figures showing a 27% rise in the past year of modern slavery offences and charges. Referrals from police to the CPS regarding modern slavery reports have also rose by 31%. Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders stated that CPS are working in partnership with police to ensure they build…

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Illegal Waste Disguised As Plastic Sent Back to UK from Poland

A shipment of illegal waste disguised as plastic and shipped to Poland, is now being sent back to the UK. Greenpeace’s new investigative journalist platform Unearthed, reported that the UK Environmental Agency are working with Polish Authorities to return the 1,000 tons of waste A criminal investigation now proceeds with three UK companies. The freight…

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Legal Aid Cut Revoked for Criminal Defence Lawyers

On Friday, the latest round of Legal Aid cuts which had seen legal aid lawyers fees capped were revoked following a legal challenge in the High Court. The reduction in fees which was implemented in December 2017 was ruled to be ‘unfair, flawed and irrational’. The cuts reduced the fees for criminal lawyers defending suspects…

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An Englishman’s Home is his Castle: Self- Defence in Householder Cases

So-called ‘householder cases’ have long been the subject of controversy. The topic is periodically mentioned in the press, usually as a result of a court case hitting the headlines, but where does the law actually stand in this area? A recent decision in the Court of Appeal is of real interest in this respect. There…