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Getting legal representation from a sexual offence solicitor
Anybody who reads or watches the news will know that a person’s reputation during legal proceedings can hinge upon the representation they receive. Unlike in a movie, real life accusations can have major impacts for the accused, particularly if they are innocent. If you have been accused of a sexual offence, it can be a highly traumatic experience and finding legal representation as early as possible in proceedings could make the difference between a conviction or an acquittal. But, what do you need to do and how do you find the best legal representation for you? When you’re feeling stressed and life is passing in a blur, it can be good to remember a few essential pointers for finding a sexual offence solicitor who has the expertise to help.
How do I find a solicitor?
The Law Society is a great place to start when looking for a solicitor to help you. It is advised that you seek the support of a solicitor as soon as possible, preferably before you answer any questions in the police station. It is everybody’s legal right to have free representation during the police station stages, before any charges have been made. Seeking this support could make a big difference to whether or not charges are brought against you. There are solicitors available 24/7 for this stage in proceedings, as police will question suspects at any time of the day or night. The Law Society has an online search tool for finding a criminal law solicitor. Check out whether or not the solicitors’ firms that you are looking at are part of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Scheme, which sets high standards for its members.
What will a solicitor do to help me?
An assault defense solicitor can help you at any stage in a criminal investigation into sexual offences, whether you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual grooming, historical sexual offences, indecent images or child abuse. From the earliest stages, a criminal solicitor will be able to start collecting evidence that can be used for your defence and to prove your innocence or contribute to mitigating circumstances. They will also be able to interview expert witnesses who can help to support your version of events. These proactive steps could be crucial to the outcome of any criminal proceedings.
If your case goes to court, the evidence gathered by your solicitor will be used to help support your position on what has happened and will represent you at the magistrates’ court. They will also support barristers in the collection of relevant evidence if your case goes to the Crown Court. A solicitor will be with you, therefore, every step of the way and will also be able to handle your case sensitively, taking the legal burden off your shoulders.
Do I need to have a solicitor?
While a defendant has the right to represent themselves in a court of law, it is advisable that you do not try this approach. When charged with a serious offence, if you do not have the legal expertise to represent yourself then it is likely you will need a professional who does. Even if you are qualified, it is likely that you won’t be thinking clearly when you are involved in these serious allegations and having an impartial expert who can think quickly and act accordingly during a trial will be extremely important.
So, if you need legal representation for a sexual offence allegation, get yourself a decent criminal solicitor who should be able to help achieve the best outcome for you.