Grievous Bodily Harm / Wounding
201811.02
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Grievous Bodily Harm / Wounding

What is Grievious Bodily Harm? In legal shorthand we often refer to section 18 or 20 offences, these refer to specific offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. What Is The Difference Between Section 18 And Section 20? The most serious form of assault (short of attempt murder) is grievous bodily harm (GBH)…

What is Forced Marriage?
201810.30
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What is Forced Marriage?

All About Forced Marriage Coercing someone into marrying another for some financial or societal benefit is illegal. In April of this year, three young women in Sheffield became subject to Forced Marriage Protection Orders. This case highlights the how embedded this type of offending is in some parts of England and Wales, particularly concerning young…

What Is Harassment?
201810.25
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What Is Harassment?

There are two distinct criminal offences, one of harassment putting people in fear of violence and one without. Stalking is a similar but separate offence and is not covered in this article. What Does Harassment Involve? There has to be a course of conduct involving as little as two incidents against another person or persons. The…

Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?
201810.23
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Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report ‘Controlling dangerous dogs’ calls for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy to better protect the public. The report was published on 17 October 2018. Is There A Problem with Dangerous Dogs? According to the Committee, yes. In 1991 the Dangerous Dogs Act outlawed…

What Happens When You Publish an Obscene Article
201810.15
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What Happens When You Publish an Obscene Article

Publishing, Or Having For Publication For Gain, An Obscene Article Prosecuting those who publish obscene articles (an offence under section 2 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959) is hardly prudish, despite what certain commentators would argue. The maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment will frequently be warranted for activities which have disturbing and harmful knock-on…

Solicitors – A Brand That You Can Trust
201810.09
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Solicitors – A Brand That You Can Trust

Our Guide to Understanding Solicitors Solicitors are there to help advise you on the law, to guide you through difficult times, explain, advise and represent you. But who tells us what to do and ensures that you receive a proper service? The Solicitors Regulation Authority The SRA regulate solicitors and law firms in England and…

What Is Contempt Of Court?
201810.02
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What Is Contempt Of Court?

The case of Tommy Robinson, or to give him his real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has brought this issue into the public eye, but what is it all about? Contempt of Court Explained  The interesting thing about contempt of court is the many ways in which it can be committed. It can be civil or criminal…

Police And Eyesight: FAQ
201810.01
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Police And Eyesight: FAQ

What Power Do The Police Have To Test My Eyesight? There has been much ado in the press about police forces undertaking random checks on motorists and revoking licences at the roadside. So, what are their powers? Can The Police Stop Me? Under section 163 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 a police officer in…

About the New Sentencing Guidelines for Child Cruelty
201809.28
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About the New Sentencing Guidelines for Child Cruelty

What You Need to Know About The New Sentencing Guidelines for Child Cruelty The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for how those guilty of child cruelty offences should be sentenced.  It covers three offences: cruelty to a child; causing or allowing a child to die or suffer serious physical harm; and failing to…

Drink Driving – Frequently Asked Questions
201808.13
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Drink Driving – Frequently Asked Questions

Drink Driving FAQ’s Take a look as we answer common questions and quires surrounding drink driving. Fail to Provide a Breath Specimen If you are suspected of driving with excess alcohol in your body, you may be asked to provide a breath sample at the roadside. If that sample is positive, you are likely to…