Offences involving possession of articles for terrorist purposes are prosecuted under the Terrorism Act.
The Act defines the offence as:
A person commits an offence if he possesses an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.
It will have to be proved that an article was on any premises at the same time as the accused – or was on premises occupied by the accused, or which the accused habitually used other than as a member of the public.
The accused – known as the defendant – has to prove to the court that they had no knowledge of the article on the premises or that they had “no control” over the article.
Offences involving possession of an article for terrorist purposes can be heard in a Magistrates’ Court (ie without a jury) or in a Crown Court.
Sentences for possession of articles for terrorism convictions can be up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine if a case is heard at a Crown Court – or a maximum six-month prison sentence and a fine for a summary conviction (ie without a jury) at a Magistrates’ Court.
It is vital to seek legal advice as soon as possible if an allegation involving possession of articles for terrorism is made.
Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors can advise at any stage of a charge – including before a charge is brought or if there is a possibility of interview under caution.
Offences for possession of articles for terrorism will involve a police search of premises. In some cases Control Orders may be imposed, confining a subject to their home and barring them from using any form of communications such as a mobile phone or computer. Restraint Orders may also be imposed, freezing or seizing assets.
Such cases may also involve cross-border investigations – and breaches of human rights under the Human Rights Act.
Duncan Lewis has successful departments covering Immigration law, Property and Financial law , as well as Civil Liberties and human rights law, all of which may be relevant in defending a case involving possession of articles for terrorist purposes.
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 possession of articles for the purposes of 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 possession of articles for the purposes of terrorism.
Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentencing for terrorism offences.
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 possession of articles for terrorism purposes on 020 7923 4020.