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
201806.11
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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
201806.08
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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
201805.21
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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
201805.18
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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
201805.16
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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…

Getting Tough on Public Disorder
201805.09
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Getting Tough on Public Disorder

The Changes to Public Disorder The Sentencing Council, which is the body responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today published proposed new guidelines in respect to public disorder offences. Public Disorder: What offences are covered? The guidelines will apply to the following offences, all of which are to be found in…

The Parole Board – A Period of Rapid Change
201805.02
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The Parole Board – A Period of Rapid Change

Your Update on the Parole Board …  Following the Parole Board decision to release John Worboys, the taxi driver rapist, there has been a review of its functions, in particular a review of Rule 25 of the Parole Board Rules 2016 that prevented the Parole Board disclosing any information relating to its hearings. That rule…

Another Fine Mess
201804.27
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Another Fine Mess

What Happens When You’re Issued a Fine In the crown court, while a fine is not the most common punishment meted out, when they are imposed they tend to be very large. Do I have to pay the fine all at once? Sometimes a court will order full payment (and may give a period of…