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The Crime and Courts Act 2013 inserted a new section 5A into the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA), which makes it an offence to drive, attempt to drive, or be in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit. The offence came into...
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It’s a Genuine Fake! Unauthorised use of a registered trademark is a criminal offence, so selling fake goods at a car boot sale or on internet selling sites can get you into serious trouble. Few people appreciate the offences that can be committed, and ignorance is usually no defence. This article seeks to explain the...
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Drones are very much in the news at the moment with events at Gatwick Airport.  Many people may be buying them for Christmas as gifts so it is important that they are aware of the regulations that apply to them. Drones and the law This article examines drones and the legal framework which governs their...
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The Sentencing Council have published new sentencing guidelines in respect of offenders who breach their court orders, this therefore provides a much clearer approach for the Courts. The guidelines assist the Courts in considering the seriousness of the breach by considering: How much of an order has been completed How deliberate the breach has been...
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Many people have an image of a typical drink driver: overweight man, staggering from the pub after an all-day session and getting into his car. A few minutes later that car being pulled over by police officers due to erratic driving. That is sometimes the story, but not the most common one that we see....
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In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery.   As viewers will know, poor Sally appears to be a victim of Duncan’s cunning plan to divert blame elsewhere.   Her fate now lies...
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With the purchase and use of drones increasing, it is worth a reminder of the important updates in law to prevent the commission of criminal offences involving drones. The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018, introduced on the 30th May 2018 and effective from the 30th July 2018, restricts all drones (irrespective of weight) from flying...
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Is there a specific offence? Until now the only specific offence has been that of assaulting a police officer. This is a summary only offence which carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment. There has always been an option to charge an offender with more serious offences, such as actual or grievous bodily harm, if...
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Racially aggravated offences In recent years legislation has been enacted to ensure that crimes demonstrating a hostility towards certain groups of people are treated more seriously than before. If an offence is said to be racially aggravated, then you should expect a heftier sentence.   What does it mean? An offence is racially aggravated if,...
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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has recently issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which offences are covered? The guideline covers: • Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence • Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence • Manslaughter...
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