A suspended sentence is a term of imprisonment that is suspended, so that you do not go into custody immediately. You will not go into custody if you comply with the conditions attached.
Who can get a suspended sentence?
In the Magistrates’ Court, any sentence of 6 months’ imprisonment (12 months for two or more either-way offences) or less can be suspended. In the Crown Court, any sentence of...Read More
In legal shorthand, we often refer to section 18 or 20 GBH offences. These refer to specific offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
What is the difference between section 18 and section 20?
Grievous bodily harm (GBH) or wounding is the second most serious form of assault, below attempted murder.
When the offence is committed with the intention to cause GBH, it is an offence...Read More
After a recent spate of assaults involving the use of acids and other corrosive substances, the government has acted to try and curb their use. At the present time around 15 offences per week involve the use of acid and other like substances.
In January 2018, the Home Office announced a voluntary agreement with a number of major retailers in which they made commitments about the responsible...Read More
There are two main offences that are prosecuted in relation to benefit fraud, one involves dishonesty, the other does not.
The dishonesty offence
It is an offence to dishonestly make a representation in order to obtain benefits, for example not declaring that you are working or have savings. This includes a dishonest failure to promptly notify a change in circumstances, as well as making a...Read More