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8 things you should NEVER do if you are arrested

In this article, Ben Brown who is based at our Mansfield Criminal Department outlines 8 things you should NEVER do if arrested by the police. At my last count, I’ve represented over 1,200 people who have been in trouble with the police. In that time, I’ve managed to compile a helpful list of 8 things you should never do if you find yourself under arrest. Whatever offence you find yourself under arrest for – whether it is shoplifting or murder – you should always remember the following: 1. DON’T TALK I can’t stress this enough. DO NOT SAY ANYTHING to the police until you have spoken to a criminal defence solicitor. Although you might think you can talk your way out...

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Mansfield Solicitor ‘saves 2 dogs lives’ and proves they are not dangerous

Mansfield based Partner, Tom Oates, helped his client successfully prove that his two dogs were not Pitbulls and avoided them being put to sleep. The two dogs were seized because a Police expert said they had ‘substantial characteristics’ of a Pitbull, a [caption id="" align="alignright" width="164"] Mansfield Solicitor: Tom Oates[/caption] prohibited breed in the UK. There was no suggestion that they had acted aggressively. Our client was sure that the dogs were not Pitbulls but he was going to plead guilty ‘to get it over with’. Doing this would have seen the dogs, loved by the client and his family, destroyed. Our client would also have received a criminal conviction and potentially a prison sentence. Thankfully our client contacted Mr...

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New drug-driving law comes into force today

New “drug-driving” laws come into force today which give police powers to catch motorists driving under the influence of drugs. Police now have the power to use “drugalysers” to screen for various drugs including cannabis and cocaine. In addition, officers can also test for ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin once at the police station – even if a driver passes the roadside check. The new drug-drive law sets limits at very low levels – bordering on ‘zero tolerance’ – for eight illegal drugs such as cannabis and cocaine. The tough legislation, covering illegal and prescription drugs, means motorists could face being arrested, receiving hefty fines and getting criminal records. Today the drug driving specified limits for England and Wales regulations...

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Nottingham Evening Post Article on Joint Enterprise by Ash Bhatia

It’s hardly surprising that the common law doctrine of ‘Joint Enterprise’ attracts critical commentary. Hard cases, murder cases, do that. Joint enterprise enables anyone involved in an offence to be prosecuted. Little participation in the venture is needed, although mere presence is not enough. It can be almost anything and a minor role will suffice. A getaway driver, a look out, encouragement or advice. However, even a minor participant will be guilty of the full offence and sentenced accordingly. The Accessories and Abbetors Act 1861 says “whoever shall aid, abet, counsel or procure [an offence] … shall be punished as a principal offender”. But in a murder case a Judge has no discretion. A life sentence is mandatory. So it’s...

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NTU GRADUATES OFFERED POSITIONS AT BHATIA BEST

Following Nottingham Trent University’s graduation week, Bhatia Best are pleased to offer two recent graduates full-time positions with the firm. Ben Brown and Jodie Smith were both Placement Students in 2012/13 as part of the Nottingham Trent University’s (LLB) Sandwich Placement Programme. Following their graduation, both have been offered full-time Paralegal positions at our Nottingham office while they undertake the Legal Practice Course on a part-time basis. Bhatia Best has a long standing relationship with Nottingham Trent University and has taken on Placement Students each year since 1993. Many of the firm’s current solicitors were introduced to Bhatia Best through the Placement Programme. Jodie, who will be working in the Nottingham Family Department, said “It’s brilliant that the firm are...

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NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY AND BHATIA BEST SOLICITORS

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY AND BHATIA BEST SOLICITORS – A FIRM RELATIONSHIP   The annual influx of Placement Students from the Nottingham Trent University's (LLB) Sandwich Placement Programme commenced work at Bhatia Best Solicitors this week. There are seven Placement Students in this year’s intake:- Rebecca Singleton - Public Law and Community Care Department. Lara Bethell – Nottingham Family Department. Hannah Cussans – Nottingham Family Department. Anthony Cheung – Nottingham Criminal Department. Alexis Vandyke-Mercer – Nottingham Criminal Department. Udochi Agbada – Nottingham Criminal Department Alice Herbert-Radford will provide a peripatetic support role in both the Family and Criminal Departments at Derby. All the students were successful in a rigorous interview process commencing in February of this year. Bhatia Best has a...

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The Retention and Disclosure of Criminal Records

The Retention and Disclosure of Criminal Records   An individual who is convicted of a recordable offence will have a “nominal record” of that conviction placed on the Police National Computer. Nominal records will also be created for individuals who are cautioned, reprimanded, warned or arrested for such offences. An individual’s nominal record is retained until his 100th birthday. The Police National Database is used to record details of “soft” police intelligence, for example details of criminal investigations that did not lead to a conviction. This intelligence will generally be retained for a minimum of six years, longer if it relates to allegations of a serious offence or if the individual concerned is considered to pose an ongoing risk. When...

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Should Sex Case Defendants Be Granted Anonymity?

Should Sex Case Defendants Be Granted Anonymity? Nigel Evans has called for a fresh look at whether defendants in sex offence cases should get anonymity on the same level as people who "sling mud" against them as he pledged to speak up for men who are wrongly accused. The former Tory deputy speaker, who was cleared of nine charges in court after an eleven month battle, said MPs should consider giving anonymity up to the point of charge, trial or even the lifetime protection afforded to complainants. The coalition pledged to look at this idea when it came to power but has dropped the plans amid concern about whether it would stop further victims of an alleged sex offender coming...

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Criminal Bar Association Votes Against Continued Legal Action

Criminal Bar Association Votes Against Continued Legal Action   The CBA membership were balloted on the following question:   "DO YOU WISH TO CONTINUE ‘NO RETURNS’ AND DAYS OF ACTION UNTIL ALL THE CUTS AND REDUCTIONS IN [SOLICITORS’] CONTRACTS ARE ABANDONED?"   The total number of votes cast were 1878   629 'Yes' votes were cast being 33.49% of the total number of votes cast. 1249  'No' votes were cast being 66.51% of the total number of votes cast.   Accordingly, the ballot is in favour of acceptance of the deal offered to the Bar and the suspension of further action.

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Glansfields join Bhatia Best

Glansfields join Bhatia Best  Longstanding Mansfield family and criminal practice Glansfields joined Bhatia Best on 1 April 2014. Robert Glansfield has practised in Mansfield all his career and is a criminal and family law practitioner, being both a criminal duty solicitor and holding specialist children’s panel accreditation. Bhatia Best are delighted to welcome Robert and all his staff with a view to providing enhanced expertise at their Mansfield office. Robert stated on joining that he looked forward to a long and fruitful relationship and felt that the venture provided the people of Mansfield with a quality service borne of increased size and expertise.  It also afforded him greater support and the ability to practice his profession in a forward thinking...

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