Serious Crime

February 19, 2016

Joint Enterprise Ruling

Widely reported in the national press has been the Supreme Court’s ruling that a part of Joint Enterprise Law has been incorrectly interpreted for the last 30 years. What is the Joint Enterprise Law? A very complex area of criminal law, the doctrine of joint enterprise refers to the situation whereby more than one person takes part in a criminal event. In a subsequent prosecution joint enterprise allows for individuals to be convicted by association to the crime. Broadly speaking there are three main types of joint enterprise, namely: Where two or more individuals join together to commit a single crime. Where an individual encourages or assists another individual to commit a single crime Where two individuals commit a crime […]
November 18, 2015

Conspiracy to cultivate or produce cannabis

Under Section 4 of the Misuse of Drug Act 1971 you could be charged with activities relating to the manufacturing, production and cultivation of drugs. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the amount of “cannabis farms” detected by police. In 2014 Crime Stoppers UK reported an increase of more that 150% of detected cannabis farms compared to 4 years previously. Between 2007 and 2011 the number of discovered cannabis farms in West Yorkshire went up 220%. If you have been arrested and charged with cultivation or production of cannabis you will be suspected of undertaking one or more roles in the cultivation process. These can include organising the production, using your business as a cover or […]
August 12, 2015

Sentences for drug offences

In general the three factors affecting the sentence that may be given for a drugs offence are the quantity of the drugs and whether the offence relates to possession of drugs or supply / production of the drug. Drugs are categorised by its “class” ranging from Class A to Class C with an additional temporary class. Class A Drug Sentences Class A drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and crystal meth, carry the stongest sentences with possession carrying up to 7 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine. Supply of class A drugs can warrant a sentence of up to life in prison and again and / or an unlimited fine. Class B Drugs Sentences Including cannabis, amphetamines […]
March 6, 2015

The Court Proceedings of the Proceeds of Crime Act

In 2011, £1.1 million was found in Huddersfield after a police raid. The Police were able to carry out the raid as they had reasonable suspicion that the cash had been linked to crimes in the area.  Four people were arrested and charged under the act. When Police confiscate money on behalf of the POCA, the funds can either be invested back into the community, or into policing. Since there is a financial incentive involved for the Police, they will push for a POCA conviction if they think that they can confiscate your money. This is why it is essential that if facing charges under the act, that you have a robust and secure legal defence in place. Criminal Lifestyle […]