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Our criminal defence and appeals team regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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What is the punishment for bringing prohibited items into prisons?

Duncan Phillips
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Over recent months there has been much in the national press about things getting out of control in prisons. This has included, in one instance, the running of a prison having to be taken out of private hands and given back to the government. There has...

Is there an alternative to a criminal prosecution for benefit fraud?

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It is important that if you do receive notification that you are to be investigated or charged with an offence of benefit fraud that you do contact our office for advice as soon as possible. Negotiations with the DWP may lead to an alternative...

What evidence is needed to charge a person with an offence?

Martin Pizzey
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We receive a number of calls from clients who ask if they can be charged with an offence when the alleged victim has not provided a statement or where there isn’t any CCTV/forensic evidence. The first point to remember is that we are all subject...

Sentences to be increased for assaults on emergency services workers

Colin Rawson
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On 13 September 2018, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 received Royal Assent, increasing the maximum sentence for low level assaults committed against an emergency worker from six months to 12 months custody in the...

Are you a third party to a proceeds of crime application whose interests need protecting?

Correna Platt
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Often partners or relatives find themselves in a situation where an asset which they have an interest in are being sought to be recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act. When an asset is owned within a relationship or a marriage then the asset will be...

What are Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Domestic Violence Protection Orders?

Martin Pizzey
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Since 2014 the police and courts have been given powers to fill what is described as a “gap” in providing protection to victims of domestic violence. Following an incident of domestic violence where there may be insufficient evidence to...

The importance of securing the right representation

Duncan Phillips
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Over the last decade there have been increasing concerns about the withdrawal of funding from more and more areas of law. In these areas of law it had previously been understood that people would need assistance in order to secure access to justice. One...

Should a person seek legal advice when they being interviewed under caution by someone other than the police?

Colin Rawson
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There are many situations when an individual will be interviewed under caution. The most common example of this will be at the police station when a suspect will be questioned over a criminal offence. It is vitally important that legal...

3D printed guns - what is the position in the UK?

Correna Platt
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Since 2013 there has been a legal battle in the USA between a Texas man Cody Wilson and the US government. In 2015 Wilson was forced to remove the blue prints he had put on the web for a 3D printed gun he called the Liberator. The Trump administration...

Disclosure or the lack of it in criminal proceedings

Correna Platt
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In the last six months the press have reported on a number of cases that have collapsed due to the failure of the police to provide full disclosure to the defence. These cases have highlighted the failings in the disclosure process and resulted in a...