The Sentencing Council has issued new sentencing guidelines for Magistrates which came into force on 24th April 2017. Magistrates' Courts deal with the vast majority of criminal cases and the changes to the guidelines reflect the diverse range of offences covering areas such as illegal alcohol sales, school non-attendance and also a number of road traffic offences.

Millions of us are currently participating in Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’ campaign, but as we move into February, many participants will treat themselves to a celebratory drink.

The Government has launched a consultation on proposed increases to the maximum penalties for offences of 'causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs' and 'causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs'.

The Department for Transport has recently confirmed that the penalty for driving while using a mobile phone will double. It is anticipated the new proposals will become law in early 2017.