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Did you know that all legal advice at the police station is free of charge? When an arrested person is at the police station they have ‘the right to consult privately with a solicitor and that free independent legal advice is available’ (PACE Code C3.1). This is a continuing right and can be exercised at...
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Clare’s Law is a scheme introduced in 2014 however many people are still unaware that the scheme exists. It allows people to ask ‘Am I at risk?’ and can play a major part in someone being able to escape a potentially abusive relationship before domestic abuse takes place. What is it? Clare’s law allows anyone...
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It has been reported in the press that 500 people have been arrested while drunk on a plane at British airports in the last three years. For many people a holiday begins once cases have been checked in, and what is the harm in that? It is clear that drunkenness has become an issue. The government...
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We all know that the use of mobile phones is banned whilst driving. Or are they? The answer, according to the High Court’s recent decision in Director of Public Prosecutions v Barreto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin), is that it depends what you’re doing with it. What did Mr Barreto do? Ramsey Barreto had been convicted in...
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I didn’t need a solicitor because… …the policeman said I didn’t need one …I was innocent and I had nothing to hide …nothing much was going to happen to me anyway AND NOW? And now many people find themselves facing imprisonment or their lives and reputations ruined because they did not realise what could happen...
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We have all read newspaper articles reporting that a drug dealer or fraudster made hundreds of thousands from their offending but was ordered to pay back a much smaller amount. That is not always the end of the matter.   What are the proceeds of crime?   If a defendant is determined to have had...
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Why hasn’t Michael Gove been arrested?   A question on many people’s lips since the former Justice Secretary admitted to using cocaine several times earlier in his career.   So, could he face the legal consequences of this?   Cocaine is a Class A drug, the most serious category. Drug offences are governed by the...
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With much fanfare, ‘Finn’s Law’ came in to force on 8th June 2019, following the implementation of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.   The 2019 Act makes a straightforward amendment to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.   What was the problem?   Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act creates...
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‘Upskirting’ now a Criminal Offence in UK The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 has now made ‘Upskirting’ a criminal offence in England and Wales. The new law came into force on the 12th April following a long campaign by activist Gina Martin. Gina Martin started a campaign after a picture was taken up her skirt at...
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Mental Health is a complicated business. Conditions are not easy to diagnose, doctors can disagree on which disorder a person is suffering from, or even if they have a mental health condition at all.   Those with mental disorders might have a host of specific needs in court on top of those of the typical...
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