Historic sex crimes can be highly sensitive and emotionally charged. Lawtons Solicitors has an expert team of specialist sex crime solicitors who are ready to help, every step of the way. 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 have specialist teams tasked with these types of offences.
If you are facing a police investigation or criminal proceedings in court, you need an expert team supporting you, advising and defending you.
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 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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