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Sexual Offences

Fighting Sexual Offences: A Closer Look
 

With more awareness of sexual abuse and technology making online crimes easier, sexual offences have increased recently. The legal system has responded by giving police, prosecutors, and courts more power. Courts can impose severe sentences, including life imprisonment for the worst rape cases. Offenders may also be placed on the Sex Offenders' Register and face Sexual Offences Prevention Orders. These offences carry a stigma that can damage the accused's freedom, relationships, careers, and reputation.
 

The Role of Harris Solicitors
 

When accused of a sexual offence, the accused must go through police interviews. It's crucial to have legal help, as what is said during these interviews can greatly impact the case. Harris Solicitors understands these complexities and offers advice to protect the accused's rights. We have extensive experience in defending sex crime allegations and provide round-the-clock support.
 

Understanding the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and Consent
 

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 outlines various sexual crimes like rape, sexual assault, child pornography, and trafficking. Each crime has specific elements that must be proven for a guilty verdict. In many cases, consent is a key factor. If the complainant consents or the accused reasonably believes in consent, there is no crime. Defending such cases often focuses on proving consent or the belief in it, which can be challenging, especially in older cases or with conflicting testimony.
 

Court Proceedings for Sexual Offences
 

Serious sexual offence cases are handled in the Crown Court, while less severe ones go to a magistrates' court without a jury. These cases are sensitive, making it hard for complainants and witnesses to testify. Measures like video links and screens help protect vulnerable witnesses and ensure their anonymity.
 

Harris Solicitors' Approach to Defending Sexual Offence Allegations
 

Our solicitors have extensive experience in sexual offence cases, from large multi-defendant cases to individual ones. We are known for our track record of acquittals. For example, in the case of R v Cairney, our client was acquitted of multiple allegations after a full trial at Bradford Crown Court.
 

Our success comes from thorough preparation. We carefully examine evidence from the police and prosecution, along with third-party and expert evidence, to find inconsistencies and weaknesses. This approach often leads to case dismissals, acquittals, or reduced sentences. In R v Raza, our meticulous approach led to the discontinuation of a serious sexual offence case.

We understand the devastating impact of sexual offence allegations and handle each case with care and confidentiality.
 

Harris Solicitors: Your Defense Against Sexual Offence Allegations
 

If you are accused of a sexual offence, Harris Solicitors is here to help. Call us immediately at 01274 392 177.

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