Stop and Search

Stop and Search

Stop and Search The police, with the support of the Home Office, are making more extensive use of stop and search powers. This new approach is partly due to rising public and political concern about knife crime. A hitherto little-used power to extend the use of stop...
Public Order – New Sentencing Guidelines

Public Order – New Sentencing Guidelines

Public Order – New Sentencing Guidelines New sentencing guidelines for public order offences come in to force for adults sentenced on or after 1 January 2020. In August 2008, the Sentencing Guidelines Council published Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines...
Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample

Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample

Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample In some cases, the police need to take either a blood or urine sample from a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. In almost all instances, the police opt for a blood sample. Part of the...
Firearms – Sentencing Reform

Firearms – Sentencing Reform

Firearms – Sentencing Reform The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for some of the most commonly prosecuted firearms offences. At the moment, guidance is to be found only in case law, and this can lead to a challenging sentencing exercise. The...
Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunity The somewhat arcane topic of diplomatic Immunity has hit the news headlines following the tragic death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, as a result of a road traffic collision. It has been confirmed that the wife of an American diplomat has returned to...