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Monthly Archives: December 2017

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Appeals Against Sentence

In this article, we consider appeals against sentence from the Crown Court to the Court of Appeal. The appeal process can be complicated depending on the individual case, but here we outline the basics. Early Indications We ensure that all of our clients are given an early indication of the likely sentence range, depending on [...]

By |December 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can I Have a Restraining Order Discharged?

A great many people are subject to restraining orders made under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997. The orders are designed to protect people from harassment and are commonly made in so-called 'domestic violence' cases. However, life moves on, and it is quite common for old relationships to be re-established. If this happens before an [...]

By |December 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Confiscation – The Hidden Sentence

  If you were able to listen in to a conference between client and solicitor, you might hear an exchange a little like this one: 'What am I looking at?' 'Around 12-15 months, suspended if you are very lucky.' 'Oh, I can live with that!' 'But there is something else?' 'What?' 'You are going to [...]

By |December 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Points, Lies and Prison

  One of the most serious offences that can come before a court is 'perverting the course of justice', this is because it strikes at the very heart of the justice system. Due to its seriousness, immediate custody almost always follows, yet there are a surprising number of people who commit this offence, thinking that [...]

By |December 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disclosure – The Hidden Truth

  When the Director of Public Prosecutions writes to a national newspaper and apologises for a prosecution failure in an individual case, you know that something significant went wrong. Before exploring that however, it might be thought a great pity that she chose to write to a newspaper and not the actual person wrongly accused [...]

By |December 18th, 2017|cases|0 Comments

Recreational Drug Use – The Hidden Costs

As Christmas approaches and we begin to let our hair down a little and enjoy the festivities, some people are enticed into the world of so-called 'recreational drugs'. There are a great many substances that might properly be categorised as 'recreational', popular ones being cannabis and cocaine. First use often occurs at a party, perhaps [...]

By |December 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Extradition – An Introduction

  Extradition is the formal process where one country asks another to return a person to stand trial or to serve a sentence. Under multilateral conventions and bilateral extradition treaties, the UK has extradition relations with over 100 territories around the world. What Is the Process? The requesting State contacts the UK authorities and makes [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jury Trial – How Your Fate is Decided

  We talk a lot in this Country about the benefits of a jury trial, how leaving the decision in the hands of 12 people chosen at random, is the fairest way of securing justice, but how does a jury decide? There is a lot that we do not know Ironically, the process of how [...]

By |December 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments