historic offence solicitors
If your past is questioned, historic sexual offence solicitors can clear your name
A historic allegation can knock you for six. Your world stops, and it can seem unfair that this could happen. It can even affect your trust in people.
But help is available and these cases can be beaten. If you call our expert historic sexual offences solicitors for a free case review we will show you the way forward to getting the best result. We win many cases, and most of our clients even avoid having to go to trial. We offer private representation for affordable fixed fees.
Just being accused of a historic offence takes a massive toll
An allegation of a historic sexual offence can come as a shock and leave you feeling stunned. It can stop you feeling you can make progress in other aspects of your life, or from enjoying anything else that is going on while it is hanging over you.
It can also affect your relationships with family members and even friends. Work can also suffer because your attention is diverted.
The possibility of the ordeal of a police interview or even a trial in a Crown Court is a massive burden. On top of that the risk of prison or being tarred with the label of an offender cause more stress.
Being expected to defend yourself against all of this after many years and also provide a detailed account can seem both unfair and surreal.
There is also the dilemma that although an accused person will want to protect family from worrying, being honest with them about it is also important, as well as getting the support to get through it.
The fact someone can do this to you can be tough to accept
People often say that the greatest source of frustration comes from seeing just how easy it is to make an accusation and turn someone's life upside down, without any proof. This is because police treat all allegations equally at the start, and they investigate even false ones. This can seem unbelievable. Knowing you're innocent but that you can still have a case hanging over you can be very hard to accept. Police may seem sympathetic at first, but this is often shown to be window dressing by the time they interrogate you.
An accused person often worries that he or she has to prove the allegation is false. This isn't the case, but it can still seem unfair if the passing of time makes it harder to remember key details or gather evidence.
The fact that most people have never faced this situation before makes everything harder. The shock is worse, people don't know what to expect, or how to deal with it. Most don't even know how to find a historic allegations solicitor to defend them.
The situation is far from hopeless if you get proper representation
You don't have to feel that a historic sexual allegation is impossible to overcome.
Specialist lawyers are available who know how to deal with the problem. They recognise that a person has the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
From the outset, the experience will be much less of an ordeal if you have experienced historic allegations solicitors guiding you through. You'll know more about what situation you're facing, and also what steps can be taken. They'll pressure investigators and CPS on your behalf to discontinue the case, at the same time investigating and preparing your defence so that if it gets to court you have the best possible chance of a not guilty verdict.
Having the right legal team also means having specialist sexual offences barristers so that your case is put across forcefully and eloquently. By the time you go into court you should actually feel positive about the fight ahead, even if nerves are still a factor.
Our historic offence lawyers fight to get cases stopped or won
If you call us, it will become clear that you are dealing with expert historic allegations solicitors.
We don't start by talking - we listen so we understand what you say about the allegation. Then we give you our take, we answer all your questions, and we give you a battle plan.
We open dialogue with the police and prosecution to get all the evidence we can. Then we carry out our own investigation, including checking into the history of the complainant, any records from the time, and even the alleged location.
We then conduct a full analysis of the allegation, so we can take it apart piece by piece.
We pressure to the police and prosecution not to continue with the case. If it is already headed to trial we do everything to persuade the jury of your innocence. This requires skill in preparation and in court. It means excellent strategy and intense work, and bringing in the best historic sexual offences barristers to defend our clients.
Things you can do right now to improve the situation
Call us and speak to one of our specialist historic sexual allegations solicitors. Even if you’ve not felt able to face it yet, don’t think that it’s already too late to start improving things.
Don’t try to contact the complainant, directly or through any mutual friends. This is dangerous and could be illegal.
Don‘t rush to go into the police interview without a lawyer to just get it over with. These cases usually take months. You won’t speed it up acting hastily.
Don’t underestimate how niche this work is. You need specialist historic offence lawyers, not just a lawyer you pick because they’re local.
Don’t despair. These cases can be won if you are organised, get specialist help, and keep your head.
If you’re having trouble with sleeping or mental health, go to your GP. You don’t have to disclose to them the details of your case.
Confide in a trusted friend or family member. Getting solid advice and perspective from someone whose opinion you value is always a good idea.
Exceptional win rate - 72% of our clients win their cases
Our criminal solicitors fight to win our clients’ cases and the proof is our results. Where a client doesn’t admit the allegation we win at trial or get the case dropped beforehand in 72% of cases.*
We listen carefully
We listen to you and treat your situation as if we were in your shoes. We don’t hire staff unless they have this mindset. Every case is supervised by one of the firm’s directors.
We investigate thoroughly
We do our own thorough investigation and find the best way to present your case to the police, to the prosecutor, or finally to the jury. This means phone, letters, and aggressive advocacy on your behalf at every stage.
Our criminal solicitors never give up
We never give up, and we fight until we get the result. That can mean early mornings, late nights, and commitment to go the extra mile.
* 72% of clients' cases resulted in case being discontinued at investigation or court stage, or not guilty verdict after trial. Data from all criminal clients between 02.2017 and 08.2019 - excludes cases where the client admitted the offence and chose to plead guilty.
No-tricks fixed-fee pricing
We can usually offer a fixed fee instalment plan so you can plan for the expense, and so you can fund your case in stages while it is continuing.
Once we have an idea of what kind of case you are facing and what work that will be necessary, we will then be able to provide you with a fixed fee quote. This means that you know before you commit how much your case will cost.
Representation at interview or court hearings
Analysing the evidence & investigating
Conferences with your lawyers
Negotiating with police or prosecutors
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Free case review - what do I get and how does it work?
Free time with a lawyer
You get dedicated time with one of our specialist criminal solicitors on the phone or in person, with no obligation, for free.
When we’re talking with you, we promise to be always non-judgmental and sensitive to what you’re going through.
Our criminal solicitors start by asking you questions so we can understand what’s going on, and we listen carefully to what you tell us.
How long will my free case review last?
In more serious or difficult situations we may need an hour or two in person to go through things with you properly.
Less serious cases
In some cases which are less serious or complex, it may be ten or twenty minutes on the phone.
Unable to help
If it’s obvious straight away that we wouldn’t be able to help, we’ll tell you straight away and point you in the right direction to find lawyers who can help.