What You Need to Know About Arson Offences
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What You Need to Know About Arson Offences

Arson is a confusing area of the law as there are a number of different offences to consider. What Are the Different Offences? Simple arson Arson, being reckless as to whether life is endangered Arson with intent to endanger life Simple Arson This offence is one of causing criminal damage by fire; examples would be…

New Sentencing Guidelines Issued
201807.06
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New Sentencing Guidelines Issued

All About the New Sentencing Guidelines The Sentencing Council has published new definitive guidelines for intimidating offences, it will take effect in respect to all cases sentenced on or after 1 October 2018, so may well affect your current case. Sentencing Council member Judge Rosa Dean said: “Our guidelines recognise and reflect the very intimate,…

Participating in Organised Crime
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Participating in Organised Crime

All About Organised Crime Section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 makes it is an offence to participate in the activities of an organised crime group, this is a new offence created by the 2015 legislation. Why a new offence? The offence was created to work alongside the offence of conspiracy. A conspiracy charge…

201806.12
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Targeting Drink Drivers

There’s New Roadside Breathalysers to Detect Drink Drivers The government has announced its intention to use new roadside breathalysers, in a move that could see a further 6,000 convictions per year for drink drivers. At the moment, the breath test procedure is in 2 stages, a person who tests positive at the roadside will be…

Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders
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Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders

The New Breach Guidelines Yesterday (7 June 2018), the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who have breached court orders. The guidelines provide a clear approach which will mean a tightening up of the way courts deal with offenders who have not complied with a…

What You Need to Know About Social Media Crime
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What You Need to Know About Social Media Crime

Social Media Crime … With the ever-growing popularity of social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram it is important to take a step back and consider your use of them. You need to make sure that you and your children not only control the personal information that is put onto social media but…

What’s Wrong with Visual Identification Evidence?
201806.06
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What’s Wrong with Visual Identification Evidence?

Problems with Visual Identification Evidence A critical evidential problem for courts is how much weight to place upon visual identification evidence where that evidence is weak or based on a very brief encounter. You would think that the usual rules apply regarding the jury’s verdict; if they are not sure that the defendant has been…

What You Need to Know About Stalking Offences
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What You Need to Know About Stalking Offences

New offences of stalking (in addition to existing offences of harassment) were introduced in 2012. The offences are harassment which involves a course of conduct that amounts to stalking. There are two offences, stalking involving fear of violence and stalking involving serious alarm or distress. What is Stalking? There is no strict definition, but the…

The Defence of Duress and Necessity
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The Defence of Duress and Necessity

The Defence of Duress and Necessity – But I Had No Choice! There is a law known as the Defence of Duress and Necessity. It can be very difficult to demonstrate and will only apply in unusual and extreme circumstances. It is used to describe a situation where someone is forced by the demands of…

Drugs Importation: What You Need to Know
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Drugs Importation: What You Need to Know

Drugs Importation It is common for officers at airports and other ports of entry to intercept people carrying controlled drugs in their luggage, clothing or inside their bodies on behalf of suppliers in foreign jurisdictions. The colloquial term for such people is ‘mule’. They may have been pressured into carrying the drugs or have done…