The rise of an international terrorist threat over recent years has led to changes in the law to make specific provision for those said to be directly or indirectly involved in terrorist activity.
Terrorism is the use or threat of action both inside and outside the UK designed to influence any international government organisation or intimidate the public. It must be for the purpose of advancing a political, racial, religious or ideological cause. The prosecution do not have to show involvement in the terrorist act itself, secondary involvement, for example in funding or resourcing will suffice. Special rules affect how long people can be held before charge and give the Police extended powers of investigation.
At Cartwright King we acknowledge that everyone has the right to be treated fairly during any investigation and the right to a fair trial. If you are facing a terrorism allegation, early expert advice is vital. We are always available and will advise you throughout the entire legal process and represent you in court if necessary.
What is ‘Terrorism’?
Terrorism is the use or threat of action both inside and outside the UK designed to influence any international government organisation or intimidate the public. It must be for the purpose of advancing a political, racial, religious or ideological cause. It can be demonstrated in several other ways which include:
- Being a member of a terrorist organisation
- Committing terrorist acts
- Raising money to support terrorist acts
- Providing training to support terrorist acts
- Possessing articles that could potentially be used for terrorist acts
Our Criminal Defence Solicitors promise to guide you through the legal proceedings and argue your case in Court if necessary. If there are genuine grounds for an appeal, they would also be able to build a strong case for your defence.
What are the potential consequences?
Offences under terrorist legislation all carry significant prison sentences up to and including life imprisonment in most cases.
Various other orders are available to the courts before and after a hearing including:
Stop and Search – If you are suspected of possessing any item that could be used to cause criminal damage or harm then you could be searched by the police. Due to the Terrorism Act 2000, the police have the authority to stop and search anyone who they have reasonable suspicion could potentially cause an act of terrorism.
Control Orders – If you are suspected by the Home Secretary of being engaged in terrorist activity, then they will impose a Control Order on you to protect the public from any risk of terrorism. The Control Order will have certain conditions that will negatively impact your life including a curfew time, internet and telephone restrictions and wearing an electronic tag to track your whereabouts.
Detention – If you have been arrested on suspicion of being affiliated with terrorism, the police have the authority to arrest you and keep you in detention for up to 28 days before charge under the Terrorism Act 2006.
How we can help
We acknowledge that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and a case regarding terrorism should not be any different. Our Criminal Defence Solicitors will be available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of the trial. We therefore promise to:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Advise you on a confidential basis of any concerns you have
- Represent you in an interview under caution by the police
- Prepare and collate any required documents
- Represent you in court if necessary
- Argue your case using the Human Rights Act
- Take the worry off your hands
- Argue your case
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending people who have been accused of being involved with terrorism.
Why choose us?
At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of terrorism can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.
How to make contact
If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team using the enquiry form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our Criminal Defence Solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in Birmingham, Bedford, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London Temple, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.