Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample
201910.14
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Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample

In some cases, the police need to take either a blood or urine sample from a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. In almost all instances, the police opt for a blood sample. What Happens Next? Part of the problem is the procedure adopted by the police. The police do…

Firearms – Sentencing Reform
201910.10
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Firearms – Sentencing Reform

The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for some of the most commonly prosecuted firearms offences. At the moment, guidance is to be found only in case law, and this can lead to a challenging sentencing exercise. The purpose of the guideline is to provide consistency in sentencing, and the impact assessment does…

Diplomatic Immunity
201910.10
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Diplomatic Immunity

The somewhat arcane topic of diplomatic Immunity has hit the news headlines following the tragic death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, as a result of a road traffic collision. It has been confirmed that the wife of an American diplomat has returned to the United States and will not face a further criminal investigation in the…

Airports, Planes And Alcohol Laws
201909.04
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Airports, Planes And Alcohol Laws

Do Alcohol Laws Need to Be Changed for Airports and Planes? It has been reported in the press that 500 people have been arrested while drunk on a plane at British airports in the last three years.  For many people a holiday begins once cases have been checked in, and what is the harm in…

Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws
201908.14
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Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws

What Does Brexit Mean for Firearms? As the government prepares to bring us out of the EU on 31st October 2019, details have begun to emerge as to the legal and regulatory position if we leave without a deal. Some of the first information released relates to firearms, although it regrettably raises more questions than…

Prison Benefits and Incentives are Changing
201907.18
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Prison Benefits and Incentives are Changing

What You Need to Know About Prisoner Benefits and Incentives Over the next six months, prison benefits and incentives are undergoing a change. New rules place emphasis on positive reinforcements – praising prisoners for behaving well – rather than punishment. The new Policy sets out the rules and guidelines for Governors and Directors of prisons…

Proceeds of Crime – When Does It All End?
201907.15
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Proceeds of Crime – When Does It All End?

Everything You Need to Know About the Proceeds of Crime We have all read newspaper articles reporting that a drug dealer or fraudster made hundreds of thousands from their offending but was ordered to pay back a much smaller amount. That is not always the end of the matter. Take a look as we explain…

Denying Guilt and Parole
201907.12
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Denying Guilt and Parole

Does Denial Impact Parole? You have been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit, your appeals are exhausted, and you serve time in prison. Part way through, you’re eligible for parole. You hope finally to get out and put this behind you. The parole board give you their decision, but parole is refused, seemingly because…