Solicitor Amarpal Singh

Crime blog: What are the minimum sentences for knife offences?



By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor I remember when I was growing up, I would be out with my friends playing football, going wherever I wanted, and all my parents would ask was that I was “back before dark”. My parents may have been a little naïve about what was going on in the world, but in past decades, many parents were more relaxed about their ...
 
Solicitor Advocate Michael Devlin

Justice for all? Proposed changes to restrict sexual history questioning



By Michael Devlin, Solicitor Advocate , Criminal Law Department Do people ever make false allegations of rape? Yes, people have been convicted for making false allegations. Do people who have committed an offence of rape, ever lie to a court and say they are not guilty? Of course. Defendants are regularly convicted of rape after the jury have rejected their denials ...
 
Solicitor Amarpal Singh

Switalskis’ client acquitted in Ravensthorpe murder case



By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor On 31st October 2016, Krzysztof Olszewski was convicted of the murder of Marcin Siarzynski. The victim’s body had been discovered in March 2016 by the side of the River Calder. It was ascertained that Marcin was murdered during the first half of 2015. Marcin, Krzysztof and Krzysztof’s brother, our client, Pawel Olszewski, had lived together near the location ...
 
Claire Vercammen

Legal highs: What are they and why have they been banned?



By Claire Vercammen, Solicitor We have all heard the term “legal high”. Most people will have some ideas about what the term means and some will have even heard of a few of the substances it covers. But do you know what sets “legal highs” apart from illegal drugs? NBOMe, Spice and Black Mamba are just a few of the ...
 

Yorkshire Ripper: Mental health ruling signals prison move



Medical experts have ruled Peter Sutcliffe, widely known as the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’, as mentally fit. Following the assessment, Sutcliffe is now expected to be transferred out of Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital and into mainstream prison. Peter Sutcliffe, notorious for murdering 13 women in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester between 1975 and 1980, has been a patient at Broadmoor since 1984. He was admitted to the secure hospital three ...
 
Solicitor Advocate Michael Devlin

Criminal Law Blog: Sexting among the under-16s



By Michael Devlin, Solicitor Advocate “Sexting” among young people is “skyrocketing”, says the Labour Party. Labour submitted a Freedom of Information request to the nation’s police forces and discovered that the police have investigated 13 times more cases of “sexting” among the under-16s in 2015 than in 2013. The likelihood is that sexting, i.e. sending sexually explicit messages and images ...
 
Solicitor Amarpal Singh

Is Silence Always Golden? The Right to Silence in Police Interviews



By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor, Criminal Defence Let’s set the scene. You’re in the police station being questioned about a crime. You’re advised you can either answer questions or just say no comment. You’re unrepresented and have to make the decision yourself. What do you do? If anyone is interviewed in relation to a crime they are always given “the police ...
 
Solicitor Amarpal Singh

Everyone Makes Mistakes: Supreme Court corrects joint enterprise law



By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor, Criminal Defence The UK Supreme Court has corrected the law of “joint enterprise”. Could this open up past criminal cases to an appeal? Everyone loves a good underdog story, the one where David beats Goliath. So it comes as no surprise that the legal sector is rejoicing at the decision handed down by the UK Supreme Court, ...
 
Solicitor Advocate Michael Devlin

One size rarely fits all: Why the criminal courts charge had to go



By Michael Devlin, Solicitor Advocate , Criminal Defence On Christmas Eve 2015 the Lord Chancellor abolished the criminal courts charge. The charge, a mandatory payment of between £150 and £1,200 imposed on all convicted defendants towards the cost of their court case, has universally been recognised as a grossly unfair and undesirable policy. Magistrates who’ve had to impose these charges upon ...
 
Solicitor Amarpal Singh

Caution!! …new police cautions one year on



By Amarpal Singh, Solicitor, Criminal Defence Police cautions have largely been replaced with new punitive sanctions in England – what’s the verdict? Let’s set the scene. You’re in police custody. You’re unrepresented. The police officers say that if you play ball and accept you’ve done a minor offence you’ll avoid a conviction. Instead they’ll just give you a caution. Do ...