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Criminal Law news & updates from Martin, Johnstone & Socha's expert criminal defence solicitors.

First Card-sharing Conviction in Scotland

In the first prosecution of its kind in Scotland, a 25-year-old man has been convicted on offences relating to ‘card sharing’, a cyber-crime which involved protected tv broadcasts, such as Sky and BT, to be viewed without first having paid subscription to the company providing the broadcast.

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Domestic Abuse in Scotland

The Scottish Government has introduced a new bill to Parliament that will give additional powers to tackle those who psychologically abuse their partners using coercive and controlling behaviour.

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Calls for More Action to Tackle Drug Driving

The issue of drug driving has been very much under the spotlight recently, with several organisations calling for greater action to tackle this crime and reduce the number of needless deaths and injuries on the country’s roads.

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Police Video Results in Domestic Abuse Conviction

A man from south London who assaulted a woman and a boy in a domestic violence incident has been prosecuted using evidence provided by a police body-worn video.

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Sharp Rise in Incidents of Identify Fraud

Recently released figures from Cifas, the fraud prevention service, have revealed that in 2016 the number of identify frauds reached the highest levels every recorded.

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Penalties Double for Driving with a Mobile Phone

Increased penalties are now in force for drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel, the UK Government has confirmed.

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Courts Service Outlines Fine Enforcement Measures

The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) has recently emphasised the importance of paying criminal fines, and issued a reminder of the measures it can take to recover unpaid fines.

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Joint Operations with Europol Lead to Arrests

UK law enforcement organisations have worked closely with Europol in several recent operations that led to a number of significant arrests.

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National Standards for Forensic Examination

The Scottish Government has recently announced that new nationwide standards are to be introduced to ensure consistent delivery of forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual violence.

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Week of Police Action on Uninsured Driving

Police Scotland has highlighted the need for all drivers to make sure they hold valid car insurance, as it takes part in a week of action targeting uninsured drivers in conjunction with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

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Value of UK Fraud Exceeds £1 Billion

A rise in the number of so-called “super cases” has led to the value of alleged fraud breaking the £1bn barrier in 2016, which is apparently the first time since 2011 that fraud has reached this level.

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Report Reveals Scottish Criminal Court Proceedings

A new report by Scotland’s Chief Statistician has revealed the number of people proceeded against in criminal courts in Scotland and the nature of the crimes they have been charged with.

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Police ‘Stop and Search’ Powers

The Scottish Government has published a code of practice setting out the principles that determine when police can use ‘stop and search’ powers.

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Rise in Festive Drink Drivers

Police Scotland’s recent festive crack down on drink driving resulted in a slight increase in the proportion of drivers stopped by police who were found to be over the drink drive limit.

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Warning over 'legal high' drugs causing violence in Scottish prisons

Prison officers have revealed that the use of legal highs has sparked a sharp increase in violent crime in Scottish jails.

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Calls for Stricter Limits on Drink Driving

There is growing public demand for more action to tackle drink driving across the UK, a new survey by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line has revealed.

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3,000 "serious crime" arrests made in Scotland last year

A recently published report has revealed that almost 3,000 individuals known to be involved in serious organized crime were arrested in Scotland last year.

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Tougher Sentences for Dangerous Driving

The UK Government has launched a consultation exercise over plans to introduce life sentences for those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Firearms Offences Fall in Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recently published a report providing information on crimes and offences recorded by the police in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved. 

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Report Reveals Fall in Recorded Wildlife Crime

This year’s wildlife crime report has revealed a drop of 20% in recorded crime over the five-year period to 2015.

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