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

Police Survey Reveals Public’s Crime Concerns

Police Scotland has recently published the results of its Your View Counts survey for the period April – June 2016.

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Prison Sentence for Financial Fraud

Total losses as a result of financial fraud involving payment cards, remote banking and cheques amounted to £755 million in the UK in 2015, according to Financial Fraud Action (FFA) UK. This is an increase of 26% compared to the previous year.

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Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

A consultation exercise over proposals to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland closed on the 17th June.

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Calls for Crack-Down on Driving Offences but Softer Approach on Drugs

Over 52% of drivers questioned by RAC say that tougher penalties should be applied to motorists who use their phones illegally while driving.

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COPFS Reports on Hate Crime in Scotland

The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has recently published a report entitled Hate Crime in Scotland 2015-16.

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Human Trafficking Laws Come into Force

New legal measures designed to tackle human trafficking and improve support for victims came into force in Scotland on 31st May 2016.

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Sex Crimes on the Rise across the UK

There were more than 100,000 sexual assaults across the UK in the last year according to official statistics on criminal offences.

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Criminals with a Caution Likely to Recommit in 12 Months

A study has shown that criminals who have been given a caution by the police are exceptionally likely to continue committing crimes and reoffend.

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Drivers Continue to Use Mobile Phones While Driving

Motorists are continuing to use their mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, according to new research by the RAC.

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Police Target Driver Behaviour on the A90

Police Scotland recently conducted a major operation on the A90 between Edinburgh and Fraserburgh in an attempt to influence driver behaviour on the busy route.

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Police Scotland Conducts Speeding Campaign

A recent campaign by Police Scotland to clamp down on speeding drivers led to around 2,100 drivers being reported for motoring offences and over 1,000 being warned about their driving.

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Crime Numbers Fall Across Scotland

There has been a fall in the overall number of crimes reported in Scotland in 2014/15, according to the latest Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), which has been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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Drivers Fail to Disclose Penalty Points

An interesting new piece of research by RAC Insurance has found that nearly a fifth of motorists (18%) would not inform their insurer if they picked up penalty points while driving, potentially putting themselves at risk of holding invalid insurance, as well as future prosecution.

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Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Total Value of Reported Fraud

The total value of reported fraud in 2015 rose to £1.5 billion, which is apparently an increase of 110% from the previous year and the highest value since 2011.

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New Figures Reveal Seasonal Spike in Drink Driving Offences

Police Scotland have confirmed that there was a “seasonal spike” in the number of drink driving offences over the festive period. 

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Police Make Over 2000 Arrests During “Serious Crime” Clampdown

More than 2100 arrests were made during 2015 as part of a clampdown against serious and organised criminal activity

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Concern Over Abolition of Stop-and-Search in Scotland

The former First Minister, Alex Salmond, has expressed concern over proposed changes to stop-and-search in Scotland during a debate in the Scottish Parliament. 

MSPs have approved new legislation that aims to introduce a statutory code for the use of stop and search, however, Mr Salmond said he wanted to see more analysis of how knife crime could be affected. The decision to have a code regarding stop and search came after a report from John Scott QC found that ending the searches would not prevent officers carrying out their duties effectively.

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Police Scotland Investigating 134 Police Misconduct Probes

A report has revealed that Police Scotland are investigating 134 officers for alleged crimes and misconduct including sexual offences, stalking, theft, multiple assaults and some data protection breaches.

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Police Targeting Major Crime on Scotland's Motorways

Police Scotland have seized more than £1 million in drugs, cash and stolen goods in the last year on a major road in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Edinburgh Home to Highest Crime Rates in Scotland

According to a recent study by the police watchdog, crime rates in Edinburgh are the highest in Scotland with the most crimes per 10,000 people.

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