In late 2017, a new pilot scheme was launched in five areas across England, which allowed vulnerable offenders with mental health, drug or alcohol problems to avoid jail sentences by agreeing to participate in treatment for their problems.
We have recently noticed a substantial increase in the number of instances of people being caught driving while using a mobile phone, and while previously this would result in a limited number of licence points –3– and a fine, a recent change in the law means that you can now receive 6 penalty points and a fine of £200.00.
While points have always had the potential to impact on your ability to drive, this is now the case to a far greater degree.
For a full licence holder, points adding up to 12 in total result in one being…
OWC Defence were pleased to welcome Vanetha Armon to our team of Senior Solicitors in March 2017.
Vanetha brings over 20 years of defence experience with her which our clients will benefit from. She is looking forward to achieving fantastic results for us.
Head over to ‘Our Team’ for more information.
As a young law student, there was no doubt in my mind why I wanted to become a barrister. And not just any barrister, but a criminal barrister. I have always felt a strong desire to be involved with social justice to represent the weak against the strong and the individual against the state. It was, and still remains, my understanding that the degree of power in these situations is weighted far too greatly in favour of the authorities. There was, therefore, no doubt in my mind that once I became fully qualified I would become a criminal barrister so…
Liar, ITV’s new 6-part drama, is gripping the nation, with people already reaching conclusions as to whether Laura, played by the actress Joanne Froggatt (better known for her role as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey) is telling the truth when she accuses surgeon Andrew of raping her.
For most of us, this is highly watchable drama as we flip flop between whom we believe, our perceptions changed over time by the sophisticated script and device plots.
It is no surprise that some people have formed an opinion already, and recent research demonstrated that half of the jurors might reach…
The main provisions of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 come into force on 30th September 2017, and there are important things for a business to know.
While tax evasion is already an offence, currently there is no obligation on a company to take steps to stop another person engaging in such illegal activity. With a few exceptions, if you do not personally participate, you can stand idly by while another person offends. These provisions bring this situation to an end so far as certain aspects of taxation are concerned.
The Act will render a…
Many people convicted of driving with excess alcohol leave court with a clear idea as to the length of their driving disqualification. But for a significant number, there is a shock further down the line.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘right’ to hold a driving licence, merely by having passed a driving test, and not otherwise be disqualified.
The Secretary of State for Transport has the right, where the circumstances justify it, to withhold a licence. One of the circumstances where this arises if after a drink drive conviction if the offender is deemed ‘high-risk’.
What is a high-risk…
People who illegally dump waste have cost land and property owners millions of pounds in the last year, according to the Environment Agency.
The financial impact, which relates to the cost of removing waste dumped in fields and empty commercial properties lawfully, could be even higher if land is contaminated or insurance premiums rise as a result. Dumped waste is also a major fire risk.
What is being done?
In a bid to reverse this problem, the Environment Agency is reaching out to property and land owners, commercial property agents, trade associations and local authorities. Their aim is to warn…
We recently tweeted about the police utilising drone technology to catch criminals, but what are your obligations if you want to harness this technology?
Drones and the law
This article examines drones and the legal framework which governs their usage. It focuses on drones which are available to the public and looks at potential risks, the relevant law, one’s responsibilities as a drone owner and further caveats for particular types of drone use.
What are drones?
‘Drone’ refers to any object that can be flown without a human pilot. They can range from armed technologies used in military operations to…