Why it is crucial for you to have specialist help
If you are facing a police investigation or criminal proceedings in court, you need an expert team supporting you, advising and defending you, especially if you have been accused of a historic sex crime.
Historic sex crimes can be highly sensitive and emotionally charged, and Lawtons Solicitors provide level-headed, clear guidance. There can also be evidential issues, where it is the complainant’s word against yours, so you will need an expert team of specialist solicitors to fight your case.
There is a lot of focus by the authorities on historic cases due to some high-profile examples in recent times. The police and prosecution also have specialist teams tasked with these types of offences.
With a thorough approach to preparation, ensuring a coherent trial strategy, we keep you informed at all times and offer non-judgmental, professional legal representation to ensure the most favourable outcome for you.
The aim of our sex crime lawyers is to work with you to avoid any possibility of uncertainty, address any disclosure issues head-on, and examine and analyse all evidence continuously to ensure you are best placed to receive a favourable outcome.
How does the law treat historic sex crimes?
When it comes to historic sex crimes, cases are carefully treated based on the evidence provided. Judgement may not be influenced by high-profile personalities or other such factors.
Any sentencing is given as per the current guidelines for assessing harm to the victim and the seriousness of the crime committed. Inclusion on the Sex Offenders Register is not necessarily dependent on this assessment.
Other factors that may be taken into account, depending on the circumstances, include:
- Age of the victim, if they were under the age of sexual consent at the time the event occurred.
- Age of the accused, if they are deemed very ill or frail at time of sentencing.
- If a position of trust or status is cited as an influencing factor in the case at the time it occurred.
- How serious the allegation is and whether it is said to have occurred over a period of time or on just one occasion.
What to do if you are accused of a historic sex crime
It is important to seek legal representation right from the start of a case, to receive the best advice at all stages and show willingness to cooperate. Contact a specialist sex crime lawyer as soon as possible.
Lawtons Solicitors is best placed to deliver a professional and experienced team that understands the challenges involved in dealing with a case relating to historic sex crimes.
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What does ‘historic sexual offences’ mean?
‘Historic sexual offences’ refers to cases when allegations are made about sexual offences a long time after the alleged incident. The offence is then prosecuted.
Why are there evidential issues when defending allegations of historic sexual offences?
After time has passed there is not likely to be any forensic evidence or corroboration. Without this evidence, it is even more important that you are represented by a specialist team who will have experience dealing with cases like this.
What if the accused is now at an elderly age?
Sometimes the accused might now be elderly and suffering from health issues. This can be especially upsetting for their family and loved ones. Our solicitors handle all cases sensitively and must consider if the accused is fit to stand trial.