Other Criminal Offences

Whether you face an unusual regulatory charge, or you have got caught up in a unique situation, we will help you keep your head screwed on and offer you advice and support.

We have been involved in many different kinds of cases, and our deep experience ensures we will take good judgement calls, and help you to do the same.

Intimidating a Witness

It is criminal offence for someone to intimidate a witness, jurors or other persons involved in legal proceedings or an investigation.

There is a separate stand alone offence under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which specifically makes it offence to intimate a witness, juror or other person.

PERVERTING THE COURTS OF JUSTICE
It is also possible to be charged with perverting the course of justice for intimating a witnesses or alternatively a judge could find someone who has intimidated a witness, juror or other person to be in contempt of Court.

CONTACT OUR EXPERT CRIMINAL DEFENCE SOLICITORS
At Old Bailey Solicitors we defend the full range of criminal offences. If you are charged with intimidating a witness or perverting the course of justice please contact us for expert criminal defence advice.

Kidnapping

Kidnapping consists of taking or carrying away someone by force or fraud without the consent of that person and without a lawful excuse.

Kidnapping is a serious criminal offence which is only triable at the Crown Court.

At Old Bailey Solicitors we have significant experience of defending kidnapping prosecutions. Of our most recent kidnapping cases we have successfully secured acquittals after fully contested trials.

Our trial lawyers, working with our experienced criminal defence solicitors, will ensure your case is thoroughly prepared ensuring you the greatest chances of being found not guilty.

TAKING OR CARRYING AWAY
Kidnapping can be distinguished from the separate but related offence of false imprisonment in that the victim needs to be actually taken or carried away rather than merely detained.

The actual carrying away that is required does not have to be over a prolonged period, and can amount to a limited amount of time.

A parent taking custody of their own child in breach of a Court order could be guilty of kidnapping.

CONSENT
Kidnapping is only committed where there is no valid consent of the victim. Consent which is obtained by force or fear is not considered to be true consent.

SENTENCING
For a carefully planned kidnapping where violence or a firearm is used and/or the detention is for a prolonged period and/or money is demanded the starting point sentence may be around 8 years.

For less serious offences where it is considered that there was a very minor kidnapping, such as in the course of family argument or lovers’ dispute, then the sentence will be much less.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Prosecutions

At Old Bailey Solicitors we have experience of defending clients investigated and prosecuted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We can represent you if you are going to be interviewed under caution at the MHRA headquarters in Victoria or we can represent your at Court anywhere in England and Wales.

The Medicines Act 1968 covers a broad range of offences including the sale and distribution of unlicensed medicines or the sale of licensed products by unauthorised vendors.

MHRA SEARCH WARRANTS AND INTERVIEWS
You may have already had your home or business premises searched by MHRA officers and have been asked to attend an interview under caution. We recommend that you contact us to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your options as soon as possible.

We are experienced criminal defence lawyers and we will aim to open a constructive dialogue with MHRA investigating officers from the start of your case.

It is essential that you contact a criminal defence lawyer when under investigation by the MHRA as certain offences carry a potential 2 year prison sentence and/or a heavy fine.

Perjury

The Perjury Act 1911 section 1 states that it is an offence if:
any person lawfully sworn as a witness or as an interpreter in a judicial proceedings wilfully makes a statement material in that proceeding, which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, he shall be guilty of perjury, and shall, on conviction thereof on indictment, be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or to a fine or to both imprisonment and fine.

JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS
Perjury need not be limited to false oral evidence given in Court, but includes a false sworn document in connection with judicial proceedings or false evidence given before a tribunal.

WILFULNESS
The offence of perjury by its very nature, suggests that the defendant must be deliberately wilful, namely that he knows his evidence is false. The Courts have however clarified that the conduct is only wilful if it is deliberate or intentional and it must be proved that any perjury was not the result of a misunderstanding or a slip of the tongue.

MATERIAL STATEMENT
The fact of whether a fact is material to a case is for the judge to decide. It is not necessary for the defendant to know or believe a fact is material. It is simply sufficent to show that the defedant knows of the falsity of his statement.

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