Historic Sexual Offences
Historic sexual offence cases are dealt with according to the laws that were in force at the time of the alleged offence. This means that the alleged offences could be dealt with under current or previous legislation.
The alleged offences may date back many decades and those accused are often elderly by the time the allegations are made.
When facing historic sexual offences allegations, it is imperative to instruct experienced sexual offences solicitors who have strong expertise and a detailed understanding of both the existing and previous legislation under which such offences can be prosecuted. Our team will work to help prevent prosecution or, where it cannot be avoided, ensure you have the strongest possible representation at court.
At ABR Solicitors, our team of experienced historic sexual offences solicitors have substantial expertise in preparing these types of cases, holding a strong track record to support this.
We understand the devastating consequences of being charged with a historic sexual offence, as well as what a major difference proper advice and early action can make.
Our team are leading matters in various historic sexual offences, including but not limited to:
- Sexual assault
- Indecent assault
- Indecency with a child
Our key contact in this area is James McAulay.
Our sexual offence solicitors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can be by your side for every stage of an investigation and/or prosecution.
How our historic sexual offences solicitors can help you
The police can ask an individual to attend a police station as a volunteer for an interview if they suspect them of a historic sexual offence. Despite this being a ‘voluntary’ interview, this remains a very serious matter, and the potential repercussions of not having adequate legal representation at this stage can be significant to the outcome of the investigation.
We strongly recommend that you seek legal advice from a solicitor with substantial experience with historic sexual offences prior to attending a voluntary police station interview. We can attend and support you in respect of your voluntary interview at any police station.
We offer appointments to meet with us prior to the police station interview, either through video platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams or face to face at various meeting facilities available to us.
Arrested, bailed or released under investigation (RUI)
It may be the case that an individual facing an allegation relating to historic sexual offences could be arrested and brought into custody. At this point, they will have the option of appointing a solicitor of their choosing or having one appointed for them under the Duty Solicitor Scheme.
Our team provide 24-hour emergency telephone line, which can be used for immediate assistance if you are under arrest or are being held at the police station for a historic sexual offence.
In many instances, individuals accused of historic sexual offences will be bailed to return to the police station or released under investigation.
We understand just how difficult this can be to contend with. Therefore, we offer bespoke packages which are tailored to the needs of our clients.
Summonsed (Postal Requisition) or charged to appear at court
There may be scenarios where an individual accused of historic sexual offences is due to make an appearance at court and is yet to have secured legal representation. This may be because of shame or embarrassment, not understanding the relevant procedures, or not wanting to appear ‘guilty’ by instructing legal support.
We understand that this can be a difficult situation and, in these scenarios, are able to provide immediate advice, assistance and representation.
Our historic sexual offences solicitors frequently attend the criminal courts right across the country, having established an outstanding reputation.
No matter whether your criminal defence is legally aided or paid privately, we can ensure you receive the highest standard of support and excellent level of advocacy.
Speak to our historic sexual offence solicitors
If you need immediate expert advice and representation in relation to a historic sexual offence investigation or prosecution, please contact your local ABR Solicitors office in Leeds, Liverpool, London or Nottingham.