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How do you challenge a restraining order?

Freya Colvin

Posted by Freya Colvin | Solicitor
On 5th October 2018

Section 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 enables the Court to impose restraining orders following a conviction for any criminal offence when it is considered necessary to protect a person from conduct which amounts to harassment or which will cause fear of violence.

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What are the reasonable grounds the police have to stop & search you?

Caroline Liggins

Posted by Caroline Liggins | Associate
On 28th September 2018

The police have the power to stop and search you if an officer has reasonable grounds to believe that you have been involved in a crime, or think that you are in possession of a prohibited item. Prohibited items include drugs, weapons and stolen property. Depending on what the police find on you during a search, you could be arrested. As leading criminal defence solicitors we would like to make sure that you are fully advised on your rights.

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Police powers to enter your home or other private property

Gary Monks

Posted by Gary Monks | Partner
On 28th September 2018

The trespass onto your property without invite is a shocking and upsetting phenomena; indeed it is one of the ingredients of the offence of burglary and yet the state represented by a slew of investigating bodies has a number of powers with which they are able to achieve this and they are known as searches. Indeed the courts have recognised that a search of somebody’s property is a severe interference with individual liberty (R(Chatwani) v NCA [2015]). This is hoped to be a limited guide as to why and how they are able.

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What happens when you are charged with a crime?

Michael Ackah

Posted by Michael Ackah | Solicitor
On 28th September 2018

The decision to prosecute a person for a crime represents the beginning of what can be a challenging and daunting process. It is vital that legal advice is sought as soon as possible. In many cases there is useful work that can be done before the first appearance at court to put you in the best possible position.

A decision to prosecute does not mean that a person has been found guilty. Instead all that has been determined is that there is sufficient evidence to require them to attend court.

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