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

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Motorists Admit to Drink Driving

New research into incidences of drink driving has revealed that as many as five million drivers believe they have driven while over the limit at least once in the past twelve months. 

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Police Launch Domestic Violence Campaign

Police Scotland has launched a new campaign to tackle domestic abuse and warns that incidences of this crime traditionally rise over the Christmas period. 

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Drivers Feel Pressured to Drink and Drive

New research by motoring organisation the AA has revealed an increase in the number of drivers who say they feel increased pressured to have a drink and drive at Christmas time. 

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Tackling VAT fraud in the EU

New tools to make the EU's Value Added Tax (VAT) system more fraud-proof and close loopholes that can lead to large-scale VAT fraud have been unveiled by the European Commission.

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Money Mules Become the Focus of Investigation

A week of enforcement action against money muling has taken place across Europe, with the support of a number of international law enforcement bodies, including Europol.

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Sharp Increase in Penalty Notices and Automated Detection

New research has revealed that penalty notices are imposed on around twelve million driving licence holders every year, which equates to around one every 2.5 seconds.

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Preventing Sexual Offending Among Young People

The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of former Crown Office chief executive Catherine Dyer to lead an expert group on preventing sexual offending involving young people. 

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Scottish Councils set to Switch off CCTV Cameras in Money Saving Effort

Scotland is set to lose a large proportion of its CCTV coverage after plans to switch cameras off across the country have been revealed.

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Human Trafficking – New Powers Now in Force

New measures introduced under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 that give police and prosecutors more powers to detect, prosecute and prevent exploitation are now in force.

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Increase in Domestic Abuse Offences in Scotland

Recently published figures from Scotland’s Chief Statistician give a breakdown of domestic abuse offences that took place in Scotland during last year.

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Custodial Sentence Imposed for Domestic Abuse Offences

A man has received a 32 month prison sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to eleven domestic abuse charges relating to the physical and verbal abuse of his wife.

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New Tax Evasion Offences Now in Force

Two new criminal offences introduced under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 have recently come into force. One of these offences applies to the evasion of UK taxes and the other applies to the evasion of foreign taxes.

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The Number of Online Sex Crimes Committed in Scotland has Soared in the Last 3 Years

New research has found that the number of sexual cyber crimes which are recorded by police has increased dramatically over the last 3 years.

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Figures Reveal Rise in Sexual Cyber-Crime

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has recently published its latest figures on the number of recorded crimes in Scotland. 

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Man Receives Life Sentence for Double Killing

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment and told he must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail for murder and culpable homicide.

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International Law Enforcement Post Brexit

The UK Government has set out its vision for cooperation with the EU on law enforcement and criminal justice post Brexit.

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Europe Struggles to Effectively Tackle Money Laundering

A new report from Europol has revealed that efforts across the EU to tackle money laundering offences are meeting with limited success.

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Attitudes to Road Safety Measures

The Department for Transport has recently given an insight into the attitude of members of the public towards transport-related issues in Britain, as revealed in the British Social Attitudes Survey 2016.

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Experimental Programme Successful in Reducing Domestic Abuse Reoffending

An experimental programme in England for policing domestic abuse has led to a substantial reduction in reoffending.

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