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Charges dropped against Mother for ‘failing to send child to school’

A mother facing prosecution for failing to secure her 15 year old daughter’s attendance at school has seen the charges dropped following successful representations made by Bhatia Best. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="221"] Criminal Solicitor: Serena Joshi[/caption] The mother, represented by Serena Joshi in our Nottingham Criminal Defence Department, had tried everything possible to get her 15 year old daughter to attend school but unfortunately, the daughter simply would not go. The daughter had been diagnosed with depression by her GP and had been the victim of bullying at school. Despite her Mother’s numerous efforts, the daughter simply would not go to school. The City Council decided that the Mother should be prosecuted under s.444(1A) of the Education Act. Serena advised...

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Client found with cannabis grow will not face charges

A man who grew cannabis plants at his home address has avoided a criminal prosecution following representation by Bhatia Best. Following a tip off, our client’s home address was raided by the police and they discovered he had a grow in an upstairs bedroom. Along with the grow, the client also had a number of books on "how to grow cannabis" . A quantity of cannabis was also hidden at the address. Our client grew the cannabis in order to help with his depression and anxiety and out of interest, to see if he could successfully grow the plants. [caption id="attachment_10035" align="alignright" width="253"] Criminal Lawyer: Colin Wilson[/caption] Cultivation of cannabis is an offence contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971...

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15 year old held in custody over Christmas found not guilty of axe-point robbery

A 15 year old client of Bhatia Best was today found Not Guilty of an axe-point Robbery after a trial at Mansfield Youth Court. The boy, represented by partner Tom Oates, was facing a sentence of up to 2 years detention if found guilty. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="250"] Criminal Solicitor: Tom Oates[/caption] The victim of the robbery described how 2 males approached him during the early hours of the morning and one of them put an axe up to his neck, before taking his mobile phone. It was never in doubt that the robbery took place and the issue in the case was simply whether our client was involved. The only evidence against our client was that the victim had...

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Ben Brown Qualifies as a Solicitor

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to offer their congratulations to Ben Brown, who was today admitted to the roll of Solicitors in England & Wales. Ben works in our Criminal Defence Department and has been undertaking his Training over the past couple of years. All of that hard work has now paid off and Ben can proudly call himself a solicitor. As part of his training, Ben also undertook the Higher Rights qualification, meaning that he can now represent clients in the Crown Court as well as the Magistrates Court. [caption id="attachment_9901" align="alignright" width="192"] Criminal Solicitor: Ben Brown[/caption] Ben has built up a huge amount of experience and skill as a Police Station Representative and Crown Court Caseworker and...

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Colleen Webb – Reporting for Duty

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Colleen Webb on becoming a Duty Solicitor. [caption id="attachment_9691" align="alignright" width="250"] Duty Solicitor: Colleen Webb[/caption] Colleen, a solicitor in our Criminal Defence Department, has successfully completed the Magistrates Court Qualification accreditation. This intense process has two parts: a 25-case portfolio in which Colleen had to demonstrate the range of cases she had dealt with at the Magistrates court and the Interview and Advocacy Assessment. Since Colleen has now passed both of these, she will become a Duty Solicitor. Being a Duty Solicitor means that the Legal Aid Agency will award Colleen ‘slots’ on the duty rota and in turn, she will be able to represent people who ask for the duty solicitor....

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Matt Hayes – Reporting for Duty!

Everyone at Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Matt Hayes on becoming a Duty Solicitor. Matt, a solicitor in our Criminal Defence Department, has successfully completed the Magistrates Court Qualification accreditation. This intense process has two parts: a 25-case portfolio in which Matt had to demonstrate the range of cases he had dealt with at the Magistrates court and the Interview and Advocacy Assessment. Since Matt has now passed both of these, he will become a Duty Solicitor. Being a Duty Solicitor means that the Legal Aid Agency will award Matt ‘slots’ on the duty rota and in turn, he will be able to represent people who ask for the duty solicitor. This requires a certain level of experience and...

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Accreditation for Amy Lyons

Bhatia Best would like to congratulate Amy Lyons on becoming a fully-accredited Police Station Representative. Amy is a Criminal Defence paralegal in our busy Mansfield Office. [caption id="attachment_9857" align="alignright" width="250"] Criminal Paralegal: Amy Lyons[/caption] The Accreditation process has two parts; the submission of a detailed written portfolio of cases and then a practical Critical Incidents Test. Amy has now passed both of these elements and is now fully-accredited. This means that Amy has demonstrated such capability, knowledge and experience that she is able to represent any individual at the Police Station, regardless of the type of case. We have no doubt that this is only the start of things to come for Amy, in what will surely be a very...

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Is it illegal to throw snowballs? Why you could be risking a PRISON SENTENCE for throwing snow

As the temperature is starting to fall, the Met Office has issued its annual snow warning. Scores of people will be donning scarves, hats and gloves and heading out to play in the snow, make snowmen and throw snowballs. But can throwing snowballs really get you in trouble with the law? An offence of common assault is committed when a person either assaults another person or commits a battery. An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force. A battery is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly applies unlawful force to another. If a person throws a snowball which hits another person, it is likely that they have...

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Met police driver faces criminal investigation after ramming moped

A police officer is under criminal investigation after ramming into a moped rider who was left with serious head injuries and broken bones. The unnamed officer struck the scooter to deliberately stop the 17-year-old youth riding dangerously in Erith, southeast London, in November last year. The teenager, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries and fractures but was later discharged. The officer is believed to be the only one so far to face criminal investigation after using the controversial “tactical contact” measure, whereby police in cars knock a suspect off their moped or scooter, so they can be arrested. Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is...

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Drink Driving: The Morning After The Night Before

Rebecca Williams, Duty Solicitor in our Criminal Department, talks about the risks involved with driving ‘the morning after the night before’.   We all know the dangers of going out, drinking and driving home; but what about driving the next morning? It’s that time of year of office parties, Christmas drinks and socialising with family and friends. You might go out for a few drinks after work or to your Christmas party and have a few more than you intended. You know that you shouldn’t drink and drive so you get a taxi, get home and go to sleep because you’ve got work the next day. You get up the following morning, get in your car and drive yourself to...

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