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The Courts, Crown Prosecution Service, Police, Hospitals, Probation, and other holders of Secure Email addresses can securely send emails and documents via our secure email address which is

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Criminal Justice Secure eMail (CJSM) service allows people in the Criminal Justice system to send emails containing information up to an equivalent of "Restricted" (eg sensitive data) in a secure way.

Over the festive periods of Christmas and the new year one might enjoy the well earned break with a tipple or two.

One must however have regard to the potential dangers for revellers. With the expected wintery temperatures and potential risks of ice/snow the roads of Greater Manchester/Cheshire will already be treacherous enough.

This month began with the annual anti- drink & drugs driving campaigns.  Drivers are warned of the risks associated with drink driving and drug driving

Mortons Solicitors are delighted to confirm that we have been successfully awarded by the Legal Aid Agency a Criminal Legal Aid Contract for 2017.  This enables the team at Mortons Solicitors to continue with their excellent work defending clients accused of serious criminal offences, sexual offences, motoring and regulatory offences.

Mortons will continue to work as always leaving no stone unturned in defending our clients at Police Stations, Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and further afield.

We also continue to receive a plethora of instructions on a private paying basis where legal aid is not available or not financially eligible.

If you require legal aid or privately funded legal representation in a criminal case, do not hesitate to contact our criminal solicitors on 0161 477 1121.

Mortons Solicitors wish our clients a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year. Over the festive period Mortons Solicitors opening hours are as follows.

Friday 23rd December 2016 - 09:00 - 17:30 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

Saturday 24th December 2016 - Xmas Eve - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Sunday 25th December 2016 - Xmas Day - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Monday 26th December 2016 - Boxing Day - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Tuesday 27th December 2016 - Bank Holiday (Substitute Day) - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Wednesday 28th December 2016 - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

Thursday 29th December 2016 - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

Friday 30th December 2016 - 09:00 - 13:00 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

Saturday 31st December 2016 - New Years Eve - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Sunday 1st January 2017 - New Years Day - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Monday 2nd January 2017 - Bank Holiday (Substitute Day) - Closed (24 hour Police Station Callout Only)

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 - 09:00 - 17:30 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - 09:00 - 17:30 (& 24 hour Police Station Callout)

Call our Solicitors on 0161 477 1121 or email us today at

Since the new drug driving offence was introducted last year, Mortons Solicitors have represented a large number of defendants charged with drug driving across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire Courts.

Unfortunately we have seen wide discrepancies when it came to sentencing because of a lack of a definitive drug driving sentencing guideline.  There were different approaches adopted by different courts, with some relying upon the excess alcohol sentencing guideline.

We had successfully argued on a number of occasions against following that approach because alcohol is legal and there is a threshold permitted, whereas drug driving is a zero tolerance approach with the limits set just nominally above zero.

Today the Sentencing Guidelines Council has provided drug driving guidance to assist sentencing for the offence but the court are not required to follow it as per the following passage.

It is important to note that this guidance does not carry the same authority as a sentencing guideline, and sentencers are not obliged to follow it. However, it is hoped that the majority of sentencers will find it useful in assisting them to deal with these cases.

This should mean more consistent approaches and hopefully more consistent sentences.  However we expect we will continue to see click bait headlines in the newspapers with two/three/four/etc times the drug drive limit.

However despite this drug drivers are disadvantaged compared to drink drivers in that drink drivers may be offered to attend upon a Drink Driver Rehabilitation Course.

Mortons Solicitors will continue to provide expert representation for drug driving offences.  If you need to speak to one of Solicitors call or email us.

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