Crime blog posts

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Custody Time Limits

There has recently been developments within criminal law surrounding Custody Time Limits. This blog aims to outline the changes, and explain how they are developing and what this could mean for you. What is a Custody Time Limit? The Custody Time Limit (CTL) is a...
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What “Alert Level 3” means for criminal law

Impact on the Criminal Justice System As you may be aware, the Government’s scientific advisors have now moved the “Alert Level” relating to the current pandemic down to 3. As new cases of the infection have been falling and lockdown measures relaxed over the last few...
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Newcastle Crown Court during COVID-19

Process for bail defendants attending sentence hearings at Newcastle Crown Court during Covid-19 As from Monday 11th May 2020, defendants who are on bail will be required to attend Newcastle Crown Court in person when their case is listed for sentence. The expectation...
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Crime, Court and COVID!

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM UPDATE May 2020 Police Stations Evidence from the Duty Solicitor Call Centre, through whom all requests for representation in the police station must go, shows that arrests are at approximately 60% of pre-lockdown levels. Our experience is that...
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The Criminal Justice system during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 lockdown continues, our criminal defence team provides an update in relation to the Criminal Justice system and the action being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19: Court Hearings Only urgent court hearings are proceeding at this time. A hearing is...
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Legal Update: Voyeurism Laws Clarified

Landmark ruling from the Court of Appeal determines that those who film their partner during sex without obtaining consent first are guilty of voyeurism. This week the UK’s Court of Appeal was asked to decide whether or not sexual activity in a bedroom amounted to a...
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Stalking Protection Orders

What are Stalking Protection Orders? Stalkers could face up to five years in prison for breaching new court orders which not only ban them from contacting alleged victims but also impose new obligations. Earlier this month, the Stalking Protection Act 2019 came into...
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University Disciplinary Procedures

Disciplinary Proceedings If you have been informed that your university is considering bringing disciplinary proceedings against you, it’s important that you are fully informed throughout proceedings, which can be protracted and complex. We are regularly instructed by...
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When can previous convictions impact new relationships?

Something Old and Something New When can previous convictions impact new relationships? Previous convictions represent highly sensitive personal data and are ordinarily confidential, disclosable only in very limited circumstances. However, under the Domestic Violence...
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Password Protected

Can I be forced to give police the password to my phone or laptop? Our crime team, takes a look at the police’s powers when accessing electronic devices. Police in England and Wales can formally demand passwords and unlocking codes to phones, laptops or any other...
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Will my criminal record ruin my life?

Clients who are investigated for the first time often worry that if they are given a caution or are convicted, then they might never be able to get a job because they will have to disclose the caution/conviction or worry that they have a criminal record.  An...
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Upskirting is now a criminal offence

Upskirting is the taking of surreptitious, sexually intrusive photographs.  This is now a specific criminal offence in England and Wales punishable by up to two years in prison after a campaign was started by a woman who was targeted at a music festival. The Campaign...
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