Using reasonable force against intruders

Joint Public Statement from the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers What is the purpose of this statement? It is a rare and frightening prospect to be confronted by an intruder in your own home. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Chief Constables are responding to public concern over the support … Continue reading Using reasonable force against intruders

Freedom of Information Act

Under FOIA ( Freedom of Information Act), you have a right to request any recorded information held by a public authority, such as a government department, local council or state school. You can ask for any information you think a public authority may hold. The right only covers recorded information which includes information held on … Continue reading Freedom of Information Act

Drugs: Defences S28 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Defences in Section 28 of the Act In relation to offences of possession (with or without intent to supply), production, supply, cultivation of drugs or the opium-related offences, it is a defence for the accused to show that: He neither knew, suspected, nor had reason to suspect the existence of some fact that the prosecution … Continue reading Drugs: Defences S28 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Drink-drive rehabilitation courses

Contents When you can take a course Choose a course How the course works Complain about a course When you can take a course You can be offered a rehabilitation course to reduce your driving ban if: you’re found guilty of a drink-drive offence your ban is for 12 months or more You have to … Continue reading Drink-drive rehabilitation courses

Police cautions, warnings and penalty notices

The Police or Crown Prosecution Service can give you a caution (warning) or a penalty notice if you commit a minor crime.The rules are different in Scotland. Cautions Cautions are given to anyone aged 10 or over for minor crimes - for example writing graffiti on a bus shelter. You have to admit an offence … Continue reading Police cautions, warnings and penalty notices

Police powers of arrest: your rights

To arrest you the police need reasonable grounds to suspect you're involved in a crime for which your arrest is necessary The police have powers to arrest you anywhere and at any time, including on the street, at home or at work.The rules are different in Scotland. The police arrest procedure If you’re arrested the … Continue reading Police powers of arrest: your rights

Your rights in police custody

The custody officer at the police station must explain your rights. You have the right to: get free legal advice tell someone where you are have medical help if you’re feeling ill see the rules the police must follow (‘Codes of Practice’) see a written notice telling you about your rights, eg regular breaks for … Continue reading Your rights in police custody

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