Today most sexual offences in England and Wales are covered by the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The most serious sexual offences are prosecuted in the Crown Court with a jury and less serious incidents are prosecuted in the Magistrate’s court without a jury. Sexual Offences range from rape, sexual assault and child pornography to trafficking for sexual exploitation and online grooming.
Historical Sexual Offences are Sexual Offences which are alleged to have been committed at some point in the past and there has been some delay of perhaps months or many years before a complainant has come forward to the police and reported a crime or indeed investigation of a cold case may have led the Police to a potential suspect. In any event, the possibility is that the offence, if alleged to have been committed prior to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 being enacted, will be covered by ‘old law’ relating to Sexual Offences.
Both the prosecution and defence of Historical Sexual Offences can be particularly complex and difficult procedures with many challenges arising along the way. Unlike in sexual offences cases where there may be forensic or DNA evidence, there is likely to be no such technical evidence available due to the amount of time which has passed since the alleged offence. This means that your case will likely depend on the evidence of the complainants, any witnesses who may have been around at the time the Historical Sexual Offences are alleged to have occurred and circumstantial evidence.
It is vital that you seek expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity if you have been accused of an Historic Sexual Offence from experienced Sexual Offences lawyers. Your case may be a long process and it is important that your defence is meticulously prepared and no stone is left unturned in the investigation of any potential witnesses or evidence which may assist you in mounting a defence to the allegations. In addition, it is vital that you are aware of your rights and obligations in dealing with the police from the beginning of the Police Investigation into the Historical Sexual Offence allegations against you. Seeking immediate and expert legal advice will allow you to avail of your right not to incriminate yourself as well as putting your mind at ease at during what can be a trying time.
Allegations of a Historical Sexual Offence often comes as a shock. Being taken to the police station for interview can feel like an alarming and confusing experience. Making sure you request your solicitor when asked by the Police will make the process seem less daunting with your defence team at your side with expert legal advice and support. Our lines are open 24/7 to make sure we are there when you need us.
If you have been charged or approached by the police at all with regard to a Historical Sexual Offence, we strongly recommend that you contact our expert team of Historical Sexual Offences solicitors for immediate advice before making any comments to the police or any other party about the allegations.
Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with Sexual Offence cases including Historical Sexual Offence cases, both in large-scale multi-defendant and smaller, single defendant cases. We continue to represent accused persons in Sexual Offence cases of any nature as they continue to frequently emerge.
We have an excellent reputation in defending Sexual Offence and Historical Sexual Offence cases, often obtaining acquittals for our clients.
In the case of R v Cairney, allegations of Sexual Offences were made by more than one complainant against the defendant, who owned a driving school business. We advised and represented the defendant during the full-length trial at Bradford Crown Court, following which the defendant was acquitted of all charges.
We believe our success is down to our experience and determined approach. Preparation is key to defending crimes of a sexual nature. The defence must diligently examine all the evidence submitted by the police and prosecution and gather their own evidence, especially from third parties and experts. Such evidence can help identify false statements, insufficient evidence and other problems with the reliability and credibility of the prosecution’s evidence. A methodical approach can often lead to the case being dropped early, an acquittal or a lesser sentence imposed. The case of R v Raza is an example of how our rigorous approach resulted in a serious sexual offence case being discontinued against our client.
Our expert Historical Sexual Offences lawyers fully appreciate how devastating allegations of any kind of Sexual Offences can be as well as their highly sensitive nature and all that is at risk to you. We treat you and your case with the utmost care in order to minimise the impact such allegations have on your life. We guarantee confidentiality, sensitivity and empathy throughout.
If you find yourself in the position where allegations of Historical Sexual Offences have been made against you, our expert teams will guide you through every step of the process from the initial police interview to presenting your case in court. Our team are highly accomplished negotiators as well as experienced court practitioners with exemplary advocacy skills. Contacting us without delay could make all the difference to your case. Our lines are open 24/7 for your convenience and we are always on hand for an initial, confidential chat to discuss your case.
If you have been accused of any Sexual Offence including an Historical Sexual Offence, don’t delay in seeking legal advice from our highly experienced team of Sexual Offences Defence Lawyers. We understand what is happening to you and know how to help. We represent clients in Bradford, Yorkshire and the surrounding areas as well across the whole of England and Wales. We regularly represent clients in Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Rochdale, Bolton, Doncaster, Manchester, Bury, Blackburn, York and Harrogate. You can contact our expert team of Historical Sexual Offences solicitors at our Bradford office in West Yorkshire on 01274 392177. We offer a free, initial, no-obligation consultation and our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact us on 07872835267 or 07590289197 out with normal working hours.
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