Criminal Law

Criminal Law- Drug Offences

The law in regards to Drug offences in some ways can be seen as not so strict unlike other offences. The police generally use more judgement and therefore it leads to less actual convictions. For example, crimes such as possession, particularly of class C drugs such as Cannabis, police may only issue a warning. (more…)

Criminal Law- Intoxication and Defences

Intoxication can be easily confused from defences. By pleading that the D was intoxicated is not a defence to a crime, it is saying that they did not have the Mens Rea to commit the offence. Defences are not disputing the MR of an offence, they have providing an excuse for committing a crime with all of the AR and MR present, for example Duress.  (more…)

Criminal Law- Homicide

The law of homicide is mainly covered in common law, with the addition of a few bit of legislation, unlike the majority of criminal laws in the UK. Homicide covering Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter and involuntary Manslaughter.  (more…)

Criminal Law- Theft & Robbery

Theft and Robbery are both offences that are covered in the Theft act 1968, and supported by case law also, particularly in regards to Dishonesty.  (more…)

Criminal Law- Offences Against the Person

Common assault is the basic offence against the person which is set out in the Criminal Justice act 1988. However, there are more offences against the person set out in the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. (more…)

Criminal Law- Criminal Damage

Section 1(1) of the criminal damage act 1971 states that:

“Any person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages property belonging to another intending to damage or destroy any such property or being reckless as to the whether any such property would be damaged or destroyed shall be guilty of an offence.”- which thus is the definition or simple criminal damage. (more…)