When is intoxication a defence for criminal offences? (Legal Q&A)

January 31, 2012

Intoxication in general is not allowed as a defence under the criminal law; if this was the case then a person could imbibe alcohol or take drugs before committing an offence and use intoxication as a defence. However, intoxication can be a defence in some circumstances, for example as part of the defence of automatism. […]

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What are the laws governing firearms and offensive weapons in the UK?

December 12, 2011

In England and Wales, the sale, possession and use of firearms and offensive weapons is strictly controlled and sentences for convicted offenders are severe, ranging from fines to significant prison sentences. Legislation relating to firearms and other weapons is extensive and frequently amended – there is no single act governing the use of guns and […]

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Are illicit drugs ever allowed for medical treatment?

November 25, 2011

Most of the regulations relating to illicit drugs are covered by the the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Misuse of Drugs regulations made under the Act (1985), and the Medicines Act 1968. Various illicit drugs are divided into categories (Classes A, B and C), and each different class has different penalties. A criminal law […]

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