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

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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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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Sharp Rise in Identity Fraud Crime

The first six months of this year have seen further rises in the number of cases of identity fraud, according to fraud prevention service Cifas.

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Consultation over Development of Sentencing Guidelines

The Scottish Sentencing Council has launched a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public over the development of Scotland’s first sentencing guideline.

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Tackling Hate Crime in Scotland

The Scottish Government has set out a series of practical measures it intends to take to tackle and prevent hate crime in Scotland. These measures will be focused primarily on tackling prejudice and building stronger communities.

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New Strategy to Tackle Human Trafficking

The Scottish Government has launched a new strategy to tackle the crime of human trafficking.

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Police Campaign Targets Drink and Drug Drivers

Police Scotland carried out 3,619 breath tests during a week-long campaign to tackle drink and drug driving across the country. From these tests, 121 drivers were detected for drink or drug driving offences.

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Reconviction Rates Fall in Scotland

New statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed that reconviction rates for offenders in Scotland are at the lowest levels for eighteen years. 

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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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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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UK to Continue Membership of Europol

The UK Government has announced its intention to opt-in to Regulation 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union agency for law enforcement cooperation (Europol).

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Fall in Number of Domestic Abuse Incidents

Figures published recently by Police Scotland have revealed a 3% fall in the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police compared to the previous year.

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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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