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The investigation of a terrorism offence – smoke without fire?

terrorism offenceThere have been recent reports on the figures that have been released from the Home Office relating to those arrested for a terrorism offence.  The statistics revealed the following information:

‘The number of people arrested over terrorism-related offences in Britain has risen by 54% to 400 in one of the most intense periods for attacks in recent history. The Home Office said the increase in the year to September was due partly to the 64 arrests made after the attacks in London and Manchester, bringing the total to the highest number since records began in 2001.’

How do the high profile arrests end?

The initial arrests for a terrorism offence are often high profile.  They attract national media.  But what happens to those suspects when the TV camera crews have departed and the criminal justice system takes over?

The figures are highly revealing.   Out of the 379 people arrested for a terrorism offence in the 12 months prior to June 2017 the following outcomes were recorded:

  • 32 % (or 123 people) were charged with an offence
  • 49.9% (or 189 suspects) were released without charge
  • 11 faced alternative action such as cautions
  • 54 had been released on bail with enquiries not finalised
  • 2 were pending decision a decision on prosecution

Of the 123 charged who had been charged, 18 were charged with offences other than terrorism offences. In relation to some of these defendants, the proceedings were later dropped or resulted in not guilty verdicts.

What does this tell us about terrorism offences?

terrorist offence legal adviceMostly it reminds us that, just as with any other offence, an arrest does not automatically equate to guilt. In the last year alone half of those arrested were released with no further action.

Although terrorism offences are a part of our general criminal law, you will still need to instruct a specialist with experience in this area of law to ensure that your case is properly advanced.

Criminal lawyers practising in this field require the highest levels of skill and knowledge to navigate not only complex legal principles, but also the political and other aspects of these incredibly sensitive cases.

Our lawyers at VHS Fletchers have experience in representing those facing such allegations in the police station and before the courts.

How we can assist on arrest or at court for a terrorism offence

You only get one opportunity to have specialist representation at a police station or court.  If you are facing terrorism-related accusations then contact us immediately and find out how we can influence the outcome of your case.

We provide nationwide advice and representation from our offices across the East Midlands.  Our independent advice will be free of charge to you in police interview.  We will always investigate whether you can receive the benefit of legal aid for any court representation.

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