Violent Offender Orders (VOO)
Tuckers Solicitors has an outstanding reputation in dealing with and defending Violent Offender Orders.
Since 3 August 2009 courts have had power to make Violent Offender Orders under Part 7 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. This is a civil order which is intended to protect the public from “qualifying offenders” who pose a current risk of “serious violent harm.” They are available for offenders over 18 who have been received at least 12 months custody or a hospital order or have been found not guilty by reason of insanity for one of the following ‘relevant’ offences:
- Solicitation to murder
- S. 18 OAPA 1861
- S. 20 OAPA 1861
- Attempt or conspiracy to murder
- Equivalent Service offences
A VOO is a stand alone order, made on complaint by a chief officer of police and is separate to any sentence following a criminal conviction. There is no power for the CPS to apply for a VOO.
VOO’s can be very restrictive. Examples of terms of a VOO include:
- Not to approach named complainants or witnesses;
- not to go within a specified distance of complainant or witness
- not to contact, or attempt to contact, directly or indirectly;
including via any third party, complainant or witness
- not to enter or remain on any licensed premises during
licensed hours for those premises;
- not to attend any licensed or other public premises or be in
any other public place while the public screening of a
sporting event is for the time being taking place.
However, breach of the terms of a VOO, or failure to comply with the notification requirements of a VOO, constitutes a criminal offence punishable by 5 years imprisonment. The CPS will prosecute offences of breach of VOO or breach of notification requirements and will apply the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
If you find yourself subject to a VOO, or on the receiving end of an application for a VOO, it is vital that you get an expert defence team from the outset. The VOO can be appealed in the Crown Court, if it has been issued in a Magistrates Court. Tuckers Solicitors is one of the few practices specialising in this type of work.
Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate, first class legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact us on 020 7388 8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org