Training for terrorism offences are prosecuted under the Terrorism Act 2000 (Amended 2006).
The Act states that a person commits an offence if he or she he provides instruction or training in:
A “dangerous substance” is defined within the meaning of Part 7 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (c. 24) – or may be any other substance which is hazardous or noxious, or which may be or become hazardous or noxious only in certain circumstances.
A “substance” includes any natural or artificial substance (whatever its origin or method of production and whether in solid or liquid form or in the form of a gas or vapour) and any mixture of substances.
“Convention” refers to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
At the time of the instruction or training, an individual must also intend to use the skills in which he is being instructed or trained for the purposes of terrorism. Offences may involve training others on a one-on-one basis for acts of terrorism – or within a group.
Offences involving training for terrorism are extremely complex to defend – and it is essential to contact a specialist terrorism solicitor if an allegation has been made relating to training for terrorism, or if it is possible that an investigation will be launched or interview under caution is likely.
Duncan Lewis terrorism solicitors can advise at any stage of a charge involving training for terrorism, whether the training took place in the UK or overseas, or a suspect is innocent of any charges.
The penalties for conviction on charges relating to training for terrorism in a Crown Court with a jury involve a prison term of up to ten and/or a fine.
In England and Wales, if a case is heard in a Magistrates’ Court without a jury – known as a summary judgment – penalties may include a prison sentence of up to 12 months and/or a fine.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on cases where an individual has returned from a conflict zone and may face arrest on re-entry to the UK on charges relating to training for acts of terrorism.
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 training for 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 training for terrorism.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentencing for charges relating to training 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 on 020 7923 4020 to discuss charges involving training for terrorism.