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20
MAY
2019

Tough New Weapons Laws Hit the Statute Book

On 16th May 2019 the controversial Offensive Weapons bill received Royal Assent, bringing into law the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.  Why was this law passed?  This legislation has been passed in order to assist in stemming the current problems in relation to knife crime and other...
02
APR
2019

Appeals from Beyond the Grave

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of R v Max Clifford, the disgraced celebrity PR guru who was convicted in 2014 of a number of sexual offences and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.  Clifford died in 2017, so why did the appeal proceed? Section 44A of The...
27
MAR
2019

PARLIAMENTARY CRIME

Parliamentary Crime  There have been two entirely different crime stories in the news this week, but both will challenge the court to consider sentencing guidelines and how they ought to be applied.  Conservative MP Christopher Davies admitted two charges concerning expenses...
31
DEC
2018

Will the Court Know About My Previous Convictions?

If you are being sentenced for an offence, the court will be aware of, and may take into account, any convictions you have. Whether this has any impact upon the sentence passed will very much depend on the date of those convictions and the relevance of any to the more recent...
31
DEC
2018

Drug Driving “get arrested.. get your own Solicitor, ask for Dale & Dunphy Solicitors”

New legislation concerning Drug-Driving offences prohibits driving and other driving-related activities if the person in charge of the vehicle is ‘unfit through drink or drugs’, the definition of unfit is that his or her ability to drive ‘properly’ is impaired. It is not a...
14
SEP
2018

Monkey Dust – The Illegal High

The cannibal drug that makes you smell of vinegar and prawns What are you talking about? Monkey dust is a synthetic drug, a type of new psychoactive substance. It is similar to other cathinone drugs such as MDPV, methylone and magic crystals. In the USA it is known as “Zombie...
24
JUL
2018

It’s Health and Safety gone mad!

It’s Health and Safety gone mad!   Or is it?  The Health and Safety Executive is the national regulator for workplace health and safety.    Interestingly, on its website, there is a page for debunking health and safety myths, such as the one where flags were banned from civic...
18
JUN
2018

Offences to be Taken Into Consideration -TIC’s

Taking Offences into Consideration – The Issue of TICs  What are TICs?  TICs are offences to be taken into consideration at the time of sentencing.  When would I be asked about them?  If you have pleaded guilty to an offence or are expected to, or are due to be sentenced, you can...
07
JUN
2018

Tougher Sentences for Breach of Court Orders

Today (7 June 2018), the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who have breached court orders. The guidelines provide a clear approach which will mean a tightening up of the way courts deal with offenders...
04
JUN
2018

“HELLO I’M IN THE CAR DRIVING AT THE MOMENT”

It is an offence to use a hand held phone or similar device when driving. Most offences are resolved now by way of  6 penalty points and a £200 fixed penalty notice. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. If the matter proceeds to...
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