Drink Driving – Frequently Asked Questions
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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…

All About Entrapment
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All About Entrapment

Entrapment … Agent provocateur is French for “inciting agent”, an entrapment situation where a person is enticed, incited or encouraged into committing an offence that he would not have otherwise committed. How Does It Relate To Criminal Law? The police frequently use undercover police officers in relation to drugs offences. An officer becomes familiar with…

Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline
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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline

The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which Offences Are Covered? The guideline covers: Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence Manslaughter by reason of loss of control – a…

The Death Penalty and Extradition
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The Death Penalty and Extradition

What You Need to Know About The Death Penalty and Extradition In the UK we have not had the death penalty for over 50 years. The last hanging in England took place in 1964 when Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans were hanged for the murder of John West, 15 months before the death penalty was…

It’s Health and Safety Gone Mad! Or Is It?
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It’s Health and Safety Gone Mad! Or Is It?

The Health and Safety Executive is the national regulator for workplace health and safety. Interestingly, on its website, there is a page for debunking health and safety myths, such as the one where flags were banned from civic cars for “health and safety”, or the removal of alcohol from a workplace Christmas party. So, What…

We Answer Key Questions Surrounding Explosives
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We Answer Key Questions Surrounding Explosives

What You Need to Know About Explosives Rather than Guy Fawkes or his modern-day counterparts many of the recent cases involving explosives have been in relation to thefts from cash machines. The law is old but still very relevant today; it may not be appreciated that a separate, more serious offence, may be being committed…

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
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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…

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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…