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FOOTBALL LAWYERS FOR FOOTBALL LAW

Written by admin
June 29th, 2020

For many years the Johnson Partnership have had a team of lawyers spread across all of our 11 offices who specialise, amongst other things, in dealing with football related matters.

Running on the pitch, throwing items from the stands, and chanting offences are all covered by the 1991 Football (Offences) Act. Riot, violent disorder, affray, breaches of the peace, weapons offences, and breaches of football banning orders are all matters which give rise to prosecutions more or less frequently.

It is important to note, particularly during the current spate of matches being played behind closed doors that many offences that might attract a football banning order and indeed far more swinging penalties can be committed well away from the football ground.

The use of police spotters and the wide availability of CCTV can mean that fans are arrested long after a match has been completed. The matters for which they are being arrested might have occurred at a transport hub, a bar, a shopping centre, or just on a public street. A common tactic of the police is to warn fans to attend for a voluntary interview often in the hope they will not have a lawyer with them. The interview will be under caution and it is just as relevant as a interview carried out when somebody is under arrest.

It is vital for all fans to know whether they are in custody or been asked to attend as a volunteer they can have someone with them free of charge. Our solicitors have attended football related interviews in places as far apart as London and Carlisle, Sunderland and Bournemouth. We are happy to attend in person so that we can provide continuity of service throughout any investigation or prosecution.

As far as football banning orders are concerned our team are experts in avoiding, discharging, and contesting breaches of banning orders of all sorts.

Wherever you are asked to attend for an interview or in order to answer a summons or in relation to a charge you can rely upon a Johnsons solicitor being with you home or away.

The absence of a court in the holy city of Scunthorpe hasn’t meant that it has been ignored by The Johnson Partnership even in the dark days of the Coronavirus.

Sunny Dhinsa, Lauren Fisher and Lynsey Theaker can all be contacted on the usual office number. They will all be available to offer help, advice and assistance. Representation at court and at the police station is available to all, as and when it is required in the usual way.

Please don’t think that the people of Scunthorpe have been forgotten in a difficult time. We know that the police and courts are still working and you can rely on The Johnson Partnership to be there to assist.

WHO NEEDS AN INTERVIEW ROOM?

Written by Sian Hall
December 4th, 2017

In recent weeks Doncaster police seem to have largely given up on the old practice of interviewing detainees in the custody suites. A quick note in a policeman’s notebook or an interview on camera in the back of a police car seem to be sufficing.

Rather than arresting people, the police are warning them to attend the police station for the sort of informal chat that might see them on their way to the Crown Court before they know it.

This sort of informal interviewing, coupled with an apparently casual approach to questioning, that can have dire consequences, is something to look out for.

If you find that there is an officer wanting to ask you questions please remember that somebody from The Johnson Partnership is constantly available. Whether the police are proposing to interview you at your home, at a neighbourhood police station, or in the back of a police car, you are still entitled to have somebody present and we would recommend that you do.

Please contact our Doncaster office as a matter of urgency if you find yourself in this position on (01302) 360606.

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