The question of “when should the accused claim for trial” and “when the accused should consider not to plead guilty” are essentially one of the same.
Criminal White Collar
When the Public Prosecutor charges an accused, a notice will be issued to the accused to attend Court for Criminal Mention. The accused are required to attend the first mention at the Criminal Mention Court, wherein the charge(s) will be read and explained to the accused. The accused will then be given the option to either admit to the charge(s) or to deny the charge(s) read before him.
A debt recovery process can be a straight-forward yet complicated process. While most debt recovery may seem to be a straight-forward claim for the debt owed to you, each debt recovery process is unique to their circumstances and situation. It may, therefore, be prudent to seek legal assistance to be correctly advised before proceeding further.
While technological advancements have generated a manifold of advantages, they have also allowed cyber criminals to evolve, misusing the convenience, mobility and anonymity of online platforms. As of 2016, cybercrime cost the global economy over US$450 billion (S$620 billion), with an estimated US$3 trillion of losses by 2020. On the world map, Singapore is not exempt from such crimes either. Cyber bank robbery, ransomware attacks and business e-mail compromise attacks have plagued some in Singapore, most recently the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks which greatly affected thousands of individuals and organisations worldwide.
A Criminal Proceeding is a process in the Singapore justice system wherein a proceeding is held in the court to prosecute a person charged (or to be charged) with the commission of a crime. A Criminal Proceeding does not only include the trial of the criminal offence but also includes:
The appeal proceedings; and
The criminal revision of the Criminal Proceedings.
Briefly, a person will be considered cheating if he/she intentionally deceives another person to:
Do any act that induces another person to deliver or cause to deliver a property to him/her; or
Cause another person to do an act that he would not have done if he/she is not deceived that cause or likely to cause damage or harm to any person, in body, mind, reputation or property.
The punishment for cheating varies depending on the nature of the crime and the severity of the offence. Section 417 of the Penal Code provides the basic outline and the minimal punishment for cheating (i.e. up to 3 years or fine).
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In 2019, outrage of modesty and sexual voyeurism cases received were in the media’s spotlight throughout the year due to several reasons. One of the reasons was the number of cases that were reported in the media involving local university students which garnered public interest in our city state.
Case of Terence Siow
One such case was that of 23 year old Terence Siow (“Terence”), an undergraduate from National University of Singapore. Terence had boarded the MRT on the North East Line and noticed the victim wearing shorts. He sat down beside her and felt the urge to touch the victim. He then proceeded to touch the victim’s right thigh twice with his left hand.