How do police search your computer?

Police are allowed to seize any items that they consider evidence towards an alleged crime. However, thanks to the Investigatory Powers Act (which was nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter) which came into force in at the end of 2016, law enforcers can now access computers remotely – without the user’s consent or permission being granted from the courts.

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Posted on: Tue, 28 February 2017

What are your rights when arrested?

When someone is arrested in the UK, there are certain rights that need to be upheld. You’ll be taken to a police station and details will be taken. You may have to undergo a search and your possessions will be kept by the police custody officer while you’re in the cell. You will then be taken to a cell under custody until questioning takes place.

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Posted on: Tue, 21 February 2017

What constitutes criminal damage?

The legal definition of criminal damage stands as:

“A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged.”

The primary piece of legislation that’s used for criminal damage cases is the Criminal Damage Act 1971, although some criminal damages are covered by the Malicious Damage Act 1971.

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Posted on: Tue, 14 February 2017

What is extortion?

Extortion and blackmail are two very similar offences, which are often confused with each other. Blackmail is the act of threatening an individual with an unwarranted demand with menace, with the view to making gain or causing a loss, for example, threatening to expose a secret if the victim does not pay an amount in cash.

Extortion is the act of threatening the victim with physical harm for the purposes of obtaining money, property or services.

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Posted on: Tue, 07 February 2017

What is a Section 18 assault?

For anyone who has been accused of section 18 assault, it is necessary to understand what makes up this offence, the different factors of a section 18 assault and the penalties and punishment that could follow a guilty verdict. Here, our criminal defence solicitors help answer any questions you have regarding a section 18 charge.

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Posted on: Tue, 31 January 2017

What is a contact order?

What is a Contact Order? A child Contact Order – otherwise known as a Child Arrangements Order – allows the child in question to have contact with a person other than the parent or guardian they live with. The court will assess the suitability of the child having contact with the third party, and if they agree that a continued relationship is beneficial for the child, they will grant a Contact Order. This will enforce the person with whom the child resides to allow regular contact with the other person.

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Posted on: Tue, 24 January 2017