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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 01616 966 229.

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The importance of checking identification evidence in criminal proceedings

Colin Rawson
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In order to secure a criminal conviction it is for the prosecution to prove their case. To do so they rely on evidence gathered by the police. This evidence can come in various forms. It can include, for example, eye witness testimony, the confession of an...

Challenges to the degree of force required in shaken baby cases

Correna Platt
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We recently represented a client who was charged with the murder of his son. This related to an incident which had occurred in 2001 and which had been prosecuted in 2002 as an allegation of causing grievous bodily harm with intent (S.18 GBH). The...

What is the Modern Slavery Act defence in criminal proceedings?

Colin Rawson
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Organised crime groups (commonly based in large cities but not exclusively so) are known to exploit vulnerable individuals to transport and sell drugs across the country on their behalf. The individuals exploited are often in their teenage years but...

Unexplained Wealth Orders - What are they and how are they used?

Correna Platt
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An Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) is an order which an enforcement authority can request which in essence recovers property that cannot be accounted for legitimately. It is also known as the mafia order as it takes away unexplained wealth that you can...

The cracking of EncroChat

Correna Platt
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On the 2nd July 2020 the BBC reported that the top secret communication system used by criminals has been successfully penetrated and this has led to the arrests of hundreds of criminals and sent shockwaves throughout organised crime groups in Europe. ...

Delays in the criminal justice system and Nightingale Courts

Martin Pizzey
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Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 every part of daily life has been impacted one way or another. Considerable coverage in the media regarding the NHS has been given and everyone appreciates the efforts and dedication of the doctors, nurses and support staff...

Can you be prosecuted if the alleged victim no longer wants to co-operate with the police/CPS?

Martin Pizzey
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Many prosecutions take place when alleged victims do not want to support them. The police and the Crown Prosecution Service are aware of the many reasons for such lack of support and particularly in cases where the allegations relate to domestic...

What is sexsomnia?

Correna Platt
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Recently there have been a number of cases in the press of male defendants going to trial charged with a serious sexual assault which they claim that they have committed whilst they were asleep. This condition is known as sexsomnia. Sleep related sexual...

How long can the police hold you for questioning?

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If you have been arrested by the police on suspicion of an offence, then the police can detain you in their custody for the purpose of questioning you. The actual questioning itself can take a relatively short time. The shortest interview I have ever...

Revenge porn laws

Colin Rawson
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Due to advances in technology and the increased use of social media by nearly everyone in the country most people have the means to share images widely. It is very easy for a person, in haste, to post something online which they later regret. ...

A guide to police investigations and interviews

Martin Pizzey
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Criminal acts either witnessed by, or reported to, the police will lead to an investigation by them. The investigation stage may range from the simple to the very complex. For example, a police officer on duty witnessing disorderly behaviour...

Stephensons' criminal defence department retain tier one Legal 500 ranking

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It is with great delight that we are able to announce that our criminal defence department has again been awarded a tier one ranking in the latest Legal 500 rankings published for 2020. This is the fifth consecutive year that the department has been...

The impact of custodial sentences on dependent children

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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

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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...

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