What Happens in Rome, May Not Stay in Rome
201802.20
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What Happens in Rome, May Not Stay in Rome

Most people know that if you commit a criminal offence in the UK, the police will record details of that offence and any subsequent sentence so that it is revealed during any future PNC (Police National Computer) check. But what about offending abroad, can that be kept a secret? The answer depends on where the…

Dogs – Avoiding a Death Penalty
201802.14
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Dogs – Avoiding a Death Penalty

It is often said that there is no such thing as a dangerous dog, only a dangerous owner. While we often refer to ‘dangerous dogs’ in criminal law, the actual offences relate to dogs ‘dangerously out of control’. Section 10 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 states that: ‘a dog shall be regarded as dangerously…

Revenge Porn? Think twice, it Could be Costly!
201802.01
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Revenge Porn? Think twice, it Could be Costly!

What is Revenge Porn? “Revenge porn”, the criminal act of posting online intimate sexual pictures/video of a person without their consent, carries a potential prison sentence of up to 2 years, so already there is every reason to think twice before exacting this type of revenge on a former lover. However, celebrity vlogger Chrissy Chambers…

Unexplained Wealth Orders
201801.31
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Unexplained Wealth Orders

On 31st January 2018, regulations bring into force sections of The Criminal Finances Act 2017 dealing with unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), along with various other related provisions. The purpose of this new order is to allow for certain people who obtain property which would ordinarily be beyond their obvious means, to be required to prove…

Is it Lawful to Hit a Child?
201801.11
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Is it Lawful to Hit a Child?

Is it ever OK to hit a child? Laws that criminalise unlawful violence date back to 1861 and are used every day in criminal courts to support prosecutions. Despite what might appear to be an obvious legal position, the question is often asked as to whether, despite those laws, it is permissible to ‘smack’ a…

Jury Trial: How you fate is decided!
201712.08
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Jury Trial: How you fate is decided!

Do you know what would happen in a Jury Trial? We talk a lot in this Country about the benefits of a jury trial, how leaving the decision in the hands of 12 people chosen at random, is the fairest way of securing justice, but how does a jury decide? There is a lot that…

Forensic Testing Scandal – Is Your Conviction Safe?
201711.22
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Forensic Testing Scandal – Is Your Conviction Safe?

Do You Know About the Forensic Testing Scandal? New details have emerged about forensic testing deficiencies at two of the country’s leading laboratories. Police are currently investigating the circumstances, and a number of people have been arrested. Randox Testing Services (RTS) and Trimega Laboratories handle samples for some of the most high-profile criminal and family…