Encouraging or inciting terrorism was a new offence introduced under the Terrorism Act 2006 in the wake of the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005.
Part I of the new Act made the encouragement or incitement of terrorism an offence and defined the offence as:
A statement that is likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom it is published as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism or Convention offences.
“Convention” refers to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
The offence of encouraging terrorism applies to any current or future commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism or Convention offences – and it is vital to seek legal advice immediately if any allegation is made relating to encouraging or inciting terrorism.
Any organisation which encourages or promotes terrorism is likely to be proscribed by the Home Secretary – and members of that organisation will be investigated if it is suspected they are encouraging or inciting others to commit terrorism.
The early stages of an investigation into terrorism allegations can be crucial to the outcome of a case if it goes to trial – and suspects may make errors or misjudgements which could later prejudice their case if they try and deal with the police or other authorities without expert legal advice from a specialist terrorism solicitor.
Police or National Crime Agency investigations may in some cases threaten the human rights of a suspect – including a Control Order, which may confine a suspect to his or her home, without access to a mobile phone, computer or other forms of communication; or even separate them from their family.
The penalties for a conviction on charges relating to encouraging or inciting terrorism are a maximum prison sentence of seven years and/or a fine if the case is heard at a Crown Court with a jury – or a sentence of up to 12 months and/or a fine if the case is heard in a Magistrates’ Court without a jury, known as a summary trial.
Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors can advise at any stage of a charge for encouraging or inciting terrorism – including before a charge is brought or if there is a possibility of interview under caution.
Duncan Lewis has successful departments covering Civil Liberties and the Human Rights Act – and offers robust criminal defence services and meticulous case preparation for clients facing terrorism charges, to ensure the best possible outcome for a client.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in cases involving encouraging or inciting terrorism.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as terrorism, murder and rape.
Clients do not have to wait until they have been arrested to contact Duncan Lewis about any criminal charges – our team can advise from the initial stages of a police inquiry involving allegations of encouraging or inciting terrorism.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentencing for charges relating to encouraging or inciting terrorism, including advising on wrongful arrest or false imprisonment for terrorism allegations.
All Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors are highly trained and highly experienced – and are dedicated to offering the best criminal defence services to our clients at police stations, courts and prisons.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – including more than 20 offices across London and the southeast and in all major cities across England and Wales.
A member of the Duncan Lewis criminal defence team can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to offer expert legal advice on all terrorism charges and for police interview under caution.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing terrorism charges – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice.
For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services – Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Terrorism Solicitors to discuss charges relating to encouraging or inciting terrorism on 020 7923 4020.