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Police MattersBeing a victim or the witness of a crime can be a distressing experience. Below we offer some useful guidance to assist you in understanding your legal rights and what to expect from the criminal justice system if you are affected by crime in any way. There is also some introductory information on criminal law and details of how to get help when you need it.


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Offences while committed on bail is considered as aggravating due to the fact that the individual has essentially reneged on a promise to the courts that...

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Date: 01 Aug 2017, Filed under: Criminal Law

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