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Criminal damage

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Essentially, the crime is made out if you intentionally or recklessly damage property. Most commonly it is damage to cars and windows, very often as an act of revenge. The damage does not need to be permanent. There have been cases where graffiti,...

What to expect as a witness

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If you have provided a statement for the prosecution or for the defence you may be called to court to give evidence at the defendant’s trial. Is there help available for me? The Witness Service can provide assistance for any witness who has to...

Will I be granted bail?

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This article refers to adults, the law for youths is different. Do I have a right to bail? The starting point is that you have a “right” to be granted bail. This right can only be taken away in certain circumstances. These circumstances...

Fail to provide a breath specimen

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If you are suspected of driving with excess alcohol in your body, you may be asked to provide a breath sample at the roadside. If that sample is positive, you are likely to be arrested and take to the police station. Why do I have to do it again at the...

Manslaughter - New Sentencing Guideline

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The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which offences are covered? The guideline covers: •    Unlawful act...


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Agent provocateur is French for “inciting agent”, an entrapment situation where a person is enticed, incited or encouraged into committing an offence that he would not have otherwise committed. How does it relate to criminal law? The...

Cliff Richard, Privacy and the Data Protection Act

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In July 2014 the BBC filmed a search of Sir Cliff Richard’s property by the South Yorkshire Police. He was not arrested for any offence. South Yorkshire Police provided the BBC with information that enabled them to be present at the scene. The...


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It should be easy enough, shouldn’t it? Yes or no? As always, life and the law are more complicated than that, and the issue of consent is not so simple. What is consent? A person consents if she or he agrees by choice and has the freedom and...

Freemans takes an extradition case to the Supreme Court

Deborah Hogg
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Freemans are representing a client in the Supreme Court. It is an application of crucial importance to their client, which could also have widespread, ongoing significance in other extradition cases Background Our client, a Czech national, was contacted...

It's health and safety gone mad!

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Or is it? The Health and Safety Executive is the national regulator for workplace health and safety. Interestingly, on its website, there is a page for debunking health and safety myths, such as the one where flags were banned from civic cars for...

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