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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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In February 2019 Sally Challen’s murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal have ordered a re-trial after hearing that she suffered four decades of controlling behaviour and humiliation at the hands of Richard Challen, her husband of 31 years. Mr Challen was killed in August 2010. Sally Challen, a...
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The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring will go live in the South East, South West and Wales by April 2019. There...
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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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