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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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The impact of custodial sentences on dependent children

Martin Haisley
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The Joint Committee on Human Rights published a report on 9 September 2019 considering the right to family life pertaining to children whose mothers are in prison. Human Rights Act 1998 Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 protects your right to...

Home Office publish latest survey on crimes committed against businesses

Martin Haisley
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The Home Office has today released data obtained following the 2018 Commercial Victimisation Survey which records the nature and extent of crimes committed against businesses in England and Wales. The 2018 survey focusses primarily on the following...

Can a criminal conviction whilst under the age of 18 affect future job prospects or higher education?

Colin Rawson
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The answer is yes. Even if you are convicted as a juvenile, the impact of any conviction can have a detrimental effect on your choice of career, whether in education or paid/voluntary employment. Some types of employment demand a higher disclosure...

Do I need a solicitor when being questioned by the police?

Martin Pizzey
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When the police investigate the complaint of a crime they will usually want to interview their suspect. This can be when that person has been placed under arrest or can be a more informal arrangement made by the police, referred to as a voluntary...

Is restorative justice the best way of dealing with criminal offences?

Sean Joyce
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This week retired, Welsh, international rugby player, Gareth Thomas, went public with his decision to agree that the police should use restorative justice to deal with teenagers who were responsible for what has been described as a homophobic attack...

What is restorative justice?

Colin Rawson
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For an individual in full time employment or an individual training towards their chosen career, any criminal conviction or caution could have serious implications on their ability to work or study. It will always be a daunting experience for someone...

Stephensons' crime department receive the highest ranking in the Legal 500

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We are delighted to announce that our general crime and fraud department have been awarded tier one ranking in the Legal 500. This is the fourth consecutive year this department have been placed into this category . The Legal 500 analyses the...

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...