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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:38

Release under investigation failures

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Government reforms to prevent people languishing for long spells under pre-charge bail have left at least 193,000 people languishing in legal limbo, according to police figures. Data for 2017-2018 obtained by London firm Hickman & Rose through Freedom of Information requests feature in a Law Society briefing on 'Release under investigation' published today.
Monday, 14 October 2019 10:10

Advice for those attending court

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The government has produced advice for those attending court. 
Friday, 11 October 2019 09:59

Brexit and Crime

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It has been widely reported that hate crimes have significantly increased due to racial tensions over Brexit. There have certainly been spikes in crimes such as malicious communication, verbal abuse and harassment on key Brexit dates. Perhaps in response, figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service late last year indicated harsher sentences for hate crime offences.
Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:13

Police cant solve crime crisis alone...

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"Police cant solve crime crisis alone...."
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 10:31

False confessions

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False confessions happen. Know your rights. Make sure you are protected and have legal advice. 
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Newly revealed figures cast light on a ‘devastating’ backlog of outstanding court cases, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has said. According to data obtained by the CBA from the Ministry of Justice, thousands of cases at Crown court centres were yet to be disposed of or were still open on 31 March 2019. At Snaresbrook Crown Court, for example, some 1,106 cases were outstanding, including 213 violence cases, 55 sexual cases, 60 robbery cases and 87 theft offences. Meanwhile at Isleworth Crown Court 830 cases were outstanding, including 140 violence cases, 39 sexual offences and 31 robbery cases. In her…
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If you pleaded guilty to an offence, or were found guilty after trial, the Court may request a pre-sentence report (PSR). This is to give the Court a fuller and more well-balanced picture of who you are (as opposed to focusing purely on your offence) before passing sentence. This may be done as a verbal report, on the day. Alternatively, the Court may adjourn for 3 weeks for a written report. Interviews will be conducted by the Probation Service and will take roughly an hour. Whilst the delay in your sentencing is understandably frustrating, this report may well be extremely…
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Young British victims of human trafficking who have been forced to sell drugs in county lines operations are being charged and prosecuted despite guidelines against doing so, the Guardian can reveal. The Modern Slavery Act gives young people and vulnerable adults the right to raise a “section 45” defence, which states they were trafficked and forced to commit offences. The Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) internal policy states that where a child or young person might have been trafficked and exploited through criminal activity there is a strong public interest in stopping the prosecution. But the Guardian has identified a series…
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Further to denying assaulting two police officers in May 2018, Wessex Solicitors pursued the CCTV and Body Worn Footage taken by the police officers themselves in order to support our client’s case. Initially, the prosecution indicated that there were problems with the footage in that had not been downloaded, that there had been an error with the systems and further that it had been inadvertently deleted. Finally, after continually pursuing the matter the footage was disclosed which supported our client. At trial, after viewing the footage and hearing submissions from Counsel, Max Mills of 2 Harcourt Buildings, London instructed by…
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Wessex Solicitors have a proven record of successfully defending such allegations with the assistance of forensic experts. Users of websites that contain indecent images can be traced by a variety of means – from the credit card details of subscribers to online porn providers (Operation Ore) or reports made by work colleagues, friends or computer repair engineers to the police. In some cases images are discovered when phones or laptops are seized by the police in unrelated investigations. Initially the police may obtain a warrant to search your home or office. All computer and digital storage equipment will likely be…
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One of the main objectives was to restore public confidence in the confiscation system and recover assets that have been gained through criminal activities. POCA includes draconian measures aimed at curbing:- Money laundering activities Depriving criminals of the proceeds of their criminal conduct New powers of cash seizure An integrated regime and new regime for the enforcement authorities to apply for Restraint Orders. A reporting system for financial professionals aimed at tackling money laundering. This area of law extremely complex and can often be more punitive than the initial sentence imposed by the courts for the original offence. It is vital you seek expert advice. We can assist.
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What do they mean? Football Banning orders can be given in addition to a punishment imposed on a criminal conviction linked to a football match or on application by the Chief Constable as a Civil Order with evidence of a pattern of unlawful behaviour. The minimum term for the length of an order is three years but they can be made for as long as 10 years. There are many circumstances where an order may be made but if you are made the subject of an order, the restrictions you will be subject to are as follows: Report to a…
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James Caldwell, of 2 Harcourt Buildings, London, instructed by Wessex Solicitors made a successful application at Portsmouth Crown Court to have our client’s case regarding possession of an offensive weapon dismissed on the basis that the car park in which the alleged offence occurred was not a public place.  Contrary to section 1(1) of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953, it is an offence to have an offensive weapon in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. In this case our client was alleged to have been in possession of an offensive weapon (an asp) in the car…
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The Sentencing Council has a statutory duty to have regard to the need to promote public confidence in the system when developing the sentencing guidelines and monitoring their impact. To achieve this, the Council must have an understanding of the public’s attitude to, and knowledge of, sentencing and the criminal justice system. Public Knowledge of and Confidence in the Criminal Justice System and Sentencing reports on research carried out to help the Council meet its public confidence obligations. The research, which included an online survey of 2,000 adults representative of the population of England and Wales, provides insight into what drives…
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