Preparing for acts of terrorism is an offence under the Terrorism Act 2006, which defines “terrorism” as:
The use or threat which: involves serious violence against a person; involves serious damage to property; endangers a person’s life (other than that of the person committing the act); creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or section of the public; or is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.
The offence of preparing for act of terrorism can cover a wide range of circumstances, including firearms offences, being in possession of bomb making equipment, or training or instructing others in training for acts of terrorism in the UK or abroad.
A person commits an offence of preparing for acts of terrorism if there is intent to commit acts of terrorism or assist another to commit such acts.
It is also irrelevant whether the intent and preparations relate to one or more particular acts of terrorism – including acts of terrorism of a particular description or acts of terrorism generally.
Suspects may be subjected to covert investigation by the police, National Crime Agency or security services.
The Terrorism Act allows a suspect to be detained for up to 28 days pending investigation – and anti-terrorism investigations may not only involve covert surveillance, but also extradition to or from the UK to another jurisdiction.
In cases where the investigating authorities have breached Human Rights law regarding a suspect, Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors can act to protect the interests of suspect if they have been detained unlawfully, falsely imprisoned, or are subject to a Control Order by the Home Secretary unlawfully.
The maximum sentence for conviction on a charge of preparing for acts of terrorism is a life sentence – because of the severity of the penalties, it is vital to seek legal advice on terrorism charges as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis can advise at any stage of charge involving preparing for acts of terrorism – including before a charge is brought, or if there is a possibility of interview under caution or detention pending an investigation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on returning to the UK from conflict zones, where there may be a risk of arrest on re-entry to the United Kingdom.
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 allegations of preparation for acts 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 preparation for acts of terrorism.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentencing for charges involving preparing for acts of terrorism.
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 preparation for acts of terrorism on 020 7923 4020.