What are Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection?
Updated on Friday 23rd November 2018
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Indeterminate sentences for public protection are issued in the court of law for offenders who are found guilty of serious specified crimes. If the offender is subject to 10 years of imprisonment or a life sentence but without justification by the seriousness of the crime, the magistrates can consider the offender dangerous and can issue an indeterminate sentence for public protection. Complete attention and legal support in this situation can be offered by our team of criminal defence solicitors in London.
Details about the indeterminate sentences for public protection
According to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) can be issued for 153 types of offences, like sexual crimes or manslaughter, where the offender has been previously convicted of such offences. One should know that an IPP is the same thing with a life sentence, where a minimum prison term, also known as a tariff, is established in the court of law. Offenders who receive IPPs in the UK can be released on parole but under strict supervision on licence by the Probation Service for at least 10 years. If such licence will not be closed by the Parole Board, the offender will be supervised on an indeterminate period, but with the possibility of applying for parole in the future.
The IPPs have been introduced with the purpose of keeping the offender away from doing the same crimes or others, putting at risk the public. If you have been accused of serious offences in UK, it is suggested to talk to one of our defence lawyers in London who can provide you with legal assistance in the court of law.
Offences where a criminal can receive an IPP in UK
The same Criminal Justice Act 2003 mentions that the IPPs can be issued for varied types of crimes made on the British territory. For example, individuals who have been accused and trialed for attempting murder, sex offences, armed robbery, wounding, homicide or conspiracy to robbery where a crime took place, they can receive an indeterminate sentence for public protection. Such punishment will only be issued if the court of law sets the seriousness of the offence and if the criminal had problems with the law in the past. Our criminal defence solicitors in London have a wide experience in serious offence cases and can analyze them starting with the first accusations of individuals held in police custody.
Complete legal assistance can be offered on request and additional information about the indeterminate sentences for public protection can be provided by our defence solicitors in London, if you contact us.