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Will My Name Appear in Newspapers?press
This is a possibility if you are over the age of 17. Nowadays reporting via social media can happen very quickly and it is often one of the things not thought about by those facing criminal proceedings.

Youth Court
Anyone aged 17 or under will generally first appear in the Youth Court. There are strict rules that prevent the publication of the name, address, school or any other matter likely to identify a person under 18 who is a victim, witness or defendant in a youth court. This restriction can be lifted in certain circumstances; we can advise you and oppose any such application on your behalf if suitable. If a youth appears in an adult court the prosecutor will apply for an order to prevent the naming of a youth. In civil proceedings, such as for an anti-social behaviour injunction, reporting restrictions do not apply.

In the crown court, while a fine is not the most common punishment meted out, when they are imposed they tend to be very large.

Do I have to pay the fine all at once?cash money
Sometimes a court will order full payment (and may give a period of time for this to be completed), but in many cases, the court can order that you pay in instalments, usually weekly or monthly.

You will not be given time to pay (and therefore may be sent to prison forthwith if a fine isn’t paid) if:

(a) In the case of an offence punishable by imprisonment, you appear to the judge to have sufficient means to pay forthwith;

(b) It appears to the judge that you are unlikely to remain long enough at a place of abode in the UK to enable the payment of the fine to be enforced by other methods; or

There has been a lot of discussion about the sentence passed following Ant McPartlin's (Ant and Dec) conviction for drink driving.

What offence was he charged with?car-crash85320 1920
McPartlin pleaded guilty to an offence of driving with excess alcohol ('drink driving') that resulted from a road traffic accident which occurred on 18th March 2018.

His breath alcohol reading was 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. So, just over twice the legal limit.

What was the sentence?
McPartlin was fined the sum of £86,000 and disqualified from driving for a period of 20 months, which will be reduced to 15 months if he completes a rehabilitation course.

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When clients think about what punishment they might receive if they plead guilty to, or are convicted of, a criminal offence, in most cases the thought is whether it might be a prison sentence, a community order, or a large fine.

While the substantive penalty is, of course, important, on occasion there are other things more serious to consider. In previous articles, we have looked at issues such as confiscation, and in this article, we consider director disqualification.

The High Court has given ruling in the first of what are referred to as 'right to be forgotten' cases.future

Two applicants mentioned in the judgment as NT1 and NT2 had been found guilty in the past of a criminal offence. In both cases, the convictions were rehabilitated so far as the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act is concerned, yet details of that offending appear when a google (or other) search is undertaken.

Both applicants wished for Google to remove the articles, so that on any search they would not appear. The court, therefore, had to contend with the competing interests of the men who said the information '...is not just old, but out of date, and irrelevant, of no public interest, and/or otherwise an illegitimate interference with their rights', and google which argued that the listing of the information was lawful.

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