New sentencing powers for magistrates
From today parts of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 come into force and enable magistrates to impose “a fine of any amount” for some offences where the maximum fine would otherwise be £5,000 or more.
The provisions only apply to offences that are committed after today and these are the latest in a series of measures to clamp down on those that have committed offences.
Mitigation will become even more important than usual where a guilty plea is entered or a guilty verdict is found. If you are facing charges under any of the provisions that are affected, please contact us.