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The new guidelines will come into force from 1 June 2018 and effect anyone sentenced this date or thereafter irrespective of when the offence was committed.


The new guidelines include corrosive substances and acid under the definition of potentially ‘dangerous weapons’. Acid attacks have increased dramatically over the past few years and the guidelines seek to punish those with greater culpability with a prison sentence.


The guidance suggests that an adult caught carrying acid twice or using it to threaten should receive a mandatory six-month prison sentence. Those under 18 would receive a four months' detention and training order.


The guidance also says that under-18s who film their crimes to post them on social media could face tougher punishments.


If you have any queries about the new law or any offence then please contact us for a free 20 minute consultation.

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