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Penalties Double for Driving with a Mobile Phone

Increased penalties are now in force for drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel, the UK Government has confirmed.

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Joint Operations with Europol Lead to Arrests

UK law enforcement organisations have worked closely with Europol in several recent operations that led to a number of significant arrests. 

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Week of Police Action on Uninsured Driving

Police Scotland has highlighted the need for all drivers to make sure they hold valid car insurance, as it takes part in a week of action targeting uninsured drivers in conjunction with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

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Report Reveals Scottish Criminal Court Proceedings

A new report by Scotland’s Chief Statistician has revealed the number of people proceeded against in criminal courts in Scotland and the nature of the crimes they have been charged with.

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Rise in Festive Drink Drivers

Police Scotland’s recent festive crack down on drink driving resulted in a slight increase in the proportion of drivers stopped by police who were found to be over the drink drive limit.

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Tougher Sentences for Dangerous Driving

The UK Government has launched a consultation exercise over plans to introduce life sentences for those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Report Reveals Fall in Recorded Wildlife Crime

This year’s wildlife crime report has revealed a drop of 20% in recorded crime over the five-year period to 2015.

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Beltrami & Co. - Criminal Law Firm of the Year 2016

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We were delighted to accept the award for Criminal Law Firm of the Year 2016 at the The Law Awards of Scotland last Thursday. This was a consecutive win for the firm in this category, having picked up the award last year too. Congratulations to all at Beltrami & Co. 

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UK to Continue Membership of Europol

The UK Government has announced its intention to opt-in to Regulation 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union agency for law enforcement cooperation (Europol).

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Prosecutorial discretion; a view from the ground

Prosecutorial discretion is currently a matter of wide debate before Holyrood's justice committee. Scottish Police Federation general secretary Calum Steele told Holyrood's justice committee on Tuesday "We have got to a stage now in Scotland where couples can't have a row in their house or if they do the police are informed....it is a very strong likelihood that one of them will be leaving in handcuffs". He went on to acknowledge that there are very good reasons why domestic abuse cases must be taken seriously. In my view what is required is that those tasked with policing and prosecuting domestic abuse cases, and others of a particular public interest, are allowed to do so with an element of discretion. In policing terms, that discretion should ensure that cases which fall below criminality are not swept along with the crowd by virtue of falling into a certain category of possible offence. Insofar as prosecutors are concerned it would allow a qualitative assessment of every case in order to determine whether there are any realistic prospects of convictions and/or if it is truly in the public interest to continue with a prosecution.

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Fall in Number of Domestic Abuse Incidents

According to the figures, there were 58,104 incidents of domestic abuse in 2015/16, compared to 59,882 in 2014/15.

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Law Firm of the Year Award Win

Beltrami & Co. are delighted to have recently won Law Firm of the Year, Scotland in the Criminal Law category. This accolade was awarded by The Lawyer Internation - Legal 100 - 2016.

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Homicide Numbers Fall to Record Low

These findings were contained in the publication, Homicide in Scotland, 2015-16, which provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2015-16.

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Scotland to See More Electronic Tagging Sentences

The Scottish Government has announced that it intends to expand the use of electronic tags to help reduce reoffending levels and keep communities safe.

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Tougher Penalties for Illegal Mobile Phone Use

New research by the RAC has found that the illegal use of handheld mobile phones by motorists has reached “epidemic proportions”.

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Drivers Warned of Consequences of Unpaid Fines

Drivers who fail to pay their fines run the risk of their vehicles being clamped, taken into storage and ultimately scrapped or sold off, according to a warning from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS).

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Sailors Sentenced over Seizure of Class A Drugs

Two sailors have been sentenced to over 40 years imprisonment between them for their role in the smuggling of more than three tonnes of cocaine aboard an ocean-going tug, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service has reported. The operation apparently resulted in the largest ever seizure of Class A drugs in the UK.

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Many Drivers Risk Using a Smartphone While Driving

More than half of drivers in the 25 – 34 age-group are risking getting charged with motoring offences for texting, using apps or going online on their mobiles when they are behind the wheel, according to a new study by road safety charity Brake.

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Calls for Tougher Penalties for Criminal Drivers

New research by road safety charity Brake has apparently found strong support for strengthening both the charges and sentences faced by criminal drivers.

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Police Survey Reveals Public’s Crime Concerns

Police Scotland has recently published the results of its Your View Counts survey for the period April – June 2016.

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