Criminal Law Articles
As one of the North West’s leading Criminal Solicitors, this section has all the useful articles we have collated which relate to criminal law. In this section you will find out about new laws, amendments to existing laws and precedents set – as well as opinion and lot’s of great advice from our award-winning crime team.
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 has completed its parliamentary journey and will, in the main, come in to effect over the next few months. Here, we look at what the new changes mean and how it will impact on both sentencing and access to data.
The government has announced the introduction of drug detection scanners at ten of the country’s “most challenging” prisons. The scanners will be able to detect drugs on clothes, paper and mail. The technology will be able to detect minute traces of substances that would have otherwise been invisible. This would include drugs which have been soaked into clothes or letters as a way to bypass normal security.
It may have slipped under the Brexit-filled radar but the “other” big news story recently was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less….
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 has recently undergone a review to see how effective it is proving. Here we look at the findings of the review and the implications.
The Computer Misuse Act 1990 is the law which governs Computer Hacking. Here we look at what constitutes computer hacking – as well as the punishments that can be handed out under The Computer Misuse Act.
The Human Rights Act is 20 years old this year. Its name is often used in vain, “it’s against my human rights!” or blamed for something that probably isn’t to do with the Act at all. The Act sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms to which everyone in the UK is entitled.
We all know that fly-tipping is an offence, but did you know you commit an offence if you pass waste to someone who isn’t licensed? Here we look into the fly tipping law and what is actually classed as fly tipping.
Earlier this year the Metropolitan Police was in the spotlight over their use of a ‘gang matrix’, and now they are back in the news again.
An article looking at the dramatic climax where the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery. Does Sally have a case for appeal?
Restorative Justice (which is often referred to as RJ) is a way of holding offenders to account and can be used as an alternative to a caution or conviction, or alongside a sentence.