Historic Sexual Abuse Solicitors
Specialist criminal solicitors and barristers at representing clients facing investigation for Historic Sexual Abuse
If you have recently been asked to attend a Police Station for a voluntary interview under caution or have been charged with historical sexual abuse or offence, it is vital that you secure specialist defence representation at an early stage in the proceedings, so that your rights and interests are robustly protected throughout the Criminal Justice System.
Our specialist historic sexual offence solicitors are available to represent clients throughout England and Wales on competitive private fees which start from £1,500+VAT, which includes an initial case meeting and representation at the first Court Hearing. If you are seeking expert legal representation so that you have the best possible chance at defending the sexual allegations made against you, call us on tor complete our Contact Form.
What is a Historic Sex Offence?
A ‘Historic Sex Offence’ case begins as an allegation made to the Police that someone or a group of people have sexually abused them some years earlier. The legislation a suspect is charged and prosecuted under will depend upon when the alleged incident(s) are said to have taken place.
Allegations of sexual abuse which are said to have taken place on or after 1st May 2004 will be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, this is because this legislation came into force on 1st May 2004.
Allegations of sexual abuse which are reported to have taken place before 1st May 2004 are prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.
Are There any Time Limits on Historic Sexual Prosecutions?
Understandably being asked to attend the Police Station interview or receiving a charge sheet regarding an allegation of a sexual nature which is said to have occurred some 30 years earlier is a worrying thought, and one which would also raise many questions regarding why the Police are investigating the allegation many years later and whether they can do this.
The Criminal Justice System takes into account that potential victims of these offences may have struggled to report the incident at the time due to emotional issues and potentially their age, in addition to this, the allegation may have been reported however the Police had failed to investigate the allegation. In recent years there have been many high-profile prosecutions regarding historic sexual abuse, which have resulted in an increase in historic allegations.
Allegations of this nature are very serious and for that reason, there is no time limit on when the Police investigate or when a prosecution is brought.
Which Offences Could a Suspect be Charged With?
If a prosecution is brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a historic sexual offence, it will be the nature of the allegation that determines the specific charge. If the CPS progresses with a formal charge, they will initially establish the correct legislation based on when the incident(s) are said to have taken place and will then authorise a charge based upon the offences contained within the appropriate legislation. This can include historic sexual offence prosecutions for:
- Sexual Intercourse with A Girl Under 16
- Sexual Intercourse with A Girl Under 13
- Indecent Assault
Possible Sentence for Historic Sex Abuse
The precise sentence a Court would impose upon a Defendant will depend upon the individual circumstances of the offence, the number of allegations, the severity of the offence and the impact upon the complainant. However, all historic sexual allegations are regarded as very serious criminal offences and a prison sentence is a realistic possibility in all cases. In addition to a possible prison sentence, a person would also be added to the sex offenders register.
Due to the very high possibility of a prison sentence and registration on the sex offenders register, these types of prosecutions are very serious, and it is important to appoint the very best legal representation available, regardless of the cost.
Defending a Historic Sex Abuse Prosecution
Whether there is scope to defend the prosecution will depend upon the evidence and your account of when the incident(s) are said to have taken place.
In certain cases, prosecutions can be defended due to an outright denial, this would occur if a Defendant disputes the allegation entirely and denies any wrongdoing taking place whatsoever. In other cases, there could be a factual defence such as the Defendant not knowing the complainant at the time when the offences are said to have taken place.
What if a Defendant has health issues?
In certain prosecutions the Defendant could be elderly and may now be experiencing significant physical or mental health difficulties. A serious prosecution involving allegations of historic sexual abuse can increase frustration for the Defendant to exacerbate current health concerns. Where appropriate, we can consider if there are any issues concerning whether you remain fit to plead or if you are fit to stand trial. We work closely with top expert psychiatrists that specialise in assessments about whether our clients have enough capacity to properly defend the allegations and continue with the prosecution.
Paying Privately for Representation
We have been covering only private client criminal cases for many years and the benefits to our clients are clear. Our clients receive a much higher level of legal expertise and attention, because they are funding their cases privately. This enables us to dedicate more time in preparing the case, compared with firms that may also offer legal aid. Legal aid lawyers (Duty Solicitors) are often over-worked and are covering more cases than they should, as the nature of their work is reactive, and this can result in your case not receiving the time and attention it deserves.
Our private client solicitors are specialists in their field, have significant experience and will have dealt with other cases like yours in the past and will know the best strategies to achieve a not guilty verdict.
We represent the full range of clients from ordinary people, through to high-net worth individuals, business owners, sports personalities and actors. We are instructed by individuals that are in a financial position to pay privately for legal representation and those that appreciate the benefits of doing this, as opposed to using public funding.
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Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Our top-rated criminal defence team understand that being prosecuted will have a devastating impact upon your freedom, career, future income and your professional or public profile. For that reason, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to scrutinising the evidence and planning a strong defence strategy.
Our lawyers understand that being prosecuted can be a tough time and your case is a priority for us. Instructing our specialist top-ranked criminal lawyers to represent you will give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome and we will fight your corner to win.
Our solicitors appreciate that if you are a public figure or sports personality, a criminal conviction or even investigation could potentially result in suspension from public office or cancellation of sponsorship/advertising deals. It is, therefore, crucial that you instruct a qualified and experienced criminal defence law firm that has previously represented many high-profile clients and professionals, as this will provide you with the best chance of a not guilty verdict.
The lawyer you choose to instruct to defend your case will have a significant impact upon the direction and outcome of the case, therefore you should take serious consideration when choosing the law firm.
Why Instruct Kang & Co?
Clients choose us to represent them for their criminal law case because of our excellent track record and understanding approach towards their case, we understand and appreciate the impact of a conviction on your professional and personal life.
We have an outstanding reputation in the industry and regularly receive positive feedback from our clients. Regardless of how serious or minor the offence, our team of skilled criminal law solicitors are well trained, and highly motivated to protect your rights. If you instruct us to defend your case, we will explain everything to you about your prosecution and will discuss your bespoke defence strategy with you in detail and will advise you on all the possible outcomes.
- Fixed Fees: We offer competitive fixed fees for a wide range of budgets;
- Only Qualified Lawyers: If appointed, only a Qualified Solicitor and or Barrister will work on your case;
- Skilled Solicitors: Our Criminal Defence Solicitors have an excellent record in successfully defending criminal charges in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.
- Tailored Bespoke Service: We meet all our clients at our offices, so that we can properly understand the individual needs and requirements of each client, and prepare a bespoke defence strategy;
- Top-Tier Representation: Due to our skill and expertise in representing professionals charged with criminal offences, our lawyers are frequently appointed to defend clients from all walks of life including prominent business owners, high level professionals and sports personalities;
- Highly Experienced Lawyers: Our clients pay privately, and this enables us to instruct some of the leading criminal defence barristers in the country that have decades of experience, including leading Queen’s Counsel;
- National Coverage: We have offices in Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London and are ideally located to represent clients nationally at Courts throughout England and Wales;
- Best Rated Solicitors: We are recognised as one of the leading law firms in Private Criminal Defence cases;
- 5 Star Law Firm: Our clients frequently leave positive feedback and reviews, as we keep our clients updated and provide honest and skilled advice from the outset;
In addition to having our own in-house barristers and advocates, we also have strong working relationships with very senior members of the Bar (including QC’s) and other leading legal experts in their field who can form part of your legal defence team.
If you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution, you should seek out the very best lawyers to defend your case, so that you have the best chance of a successful outcome. Our solicitors and barristers are highly experienced and recognised nationally for successfully defending a significant number of high-profile criminal prosecutions throughout England and Wales.
As a specialist private funded criminal defence law firm, we represent clients that are in a financial position to fund their cases privately, as a result our clients do not qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid) and for that reason we do not undertake any work on Legal Aid.
Our Private Legal Defence Lawyers accept new cases on a Fixed Fee basis, ensuring that our clients know exactly how much their case will cost from the outset.
Private legal representation is not only reserved for the wealthy, many of our clients are ordinary people that require a robust defence team to provide them with the best chance of protecting their reputation and career. If you require more information on the cost of defending your case, speak to one of our solicitors for a free no obligation fee estimate.
We are a Leading National Private Client Criminal Defence Law Firm, that frequently receives 5-star reviews and positive feedback from satisfied clients on Trustpilot, Google Reviews and Yell.
We are also recognised as a Best Rated law firm in Birmingham and Milton Keynes. This reputation has been developed by providing unrivalled expertise, practical advice, communication and court advocacy.
If you choose to appoint us to defend your case, we guarantee that you will be provided with the best legal representation available, which in turn will provide you with the best chance of a successful result at Court.
AGREED FEE CRIMINAL LAWYERS
Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;
£1500 + VAT
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