Historic sexual offences can be very complicated cases. In simple terms, they are offences that happened some time ago.
Crucially, there is no time limit that applies to the reporting of historic sexual offences.
It is important to note that these cases will be dealt with by the laws that were current at the time of the alleged offence. So that might mean the Sexual Offences Act 1956 or – if the offence is alleged to have happened after 1 May 2004 – the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
In terms of sentencing guidelines for historic sexual offences, this would very much depend on the severity of the alleged crime.
Does The Age Of The Defendant Make A Difference In Historic Sexual Offence Cases?
Due to the nature of a historic offence, there’s a chance that the defendant is now elderly or was a child during the time of the offence.
The court will take into account if you were a child at the time but will not take into account otherwise.
It is vital that if under investigation of, or charged with a historic sexual offence, you are encouraged to seek legal representation.
How Can We Help If You’ve Been Accused Of A Historic Sexual Offence?
If an allegation of historic sexual abuse is made against you, it is important to seek expert legal guidance as soon as possible.
There are a number of defences for various sexual offences that can be considered for various accusations, including historic sexual offences.
Monan Gozzett has a dedicated team of sexual offence defence lawyers who can advise on the best course of action to take as soon as an allegation has been made, as well as arrange for police station attendance and pre-charge representation.
We also vigorously defend clients at trial and advise them throughout the appeal process if they are already convicted at the time of our instruction. We appreciate the need to handle each case sensitively and with discretion, ensuring that you and your family are supported throughout each stage of the process.