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Falsely Accused of Crime

Falsely Accused of Crime

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Being falsely accused of a crime you did not do will feel frustrating and invasive.

There are a number of reasons why an innocent person might find themselves wrongly accused of a crime. Whatever those reasons it will often be a hugely distressing time for those accused.

If you or a family member has been falsely accused or wrongly convicted of rape or any other sexual offences the criminal defence team at Hodge Jones & Allen can help you. We know how to defend your legal and human rights. Our large specialist team are available – day or night.

Our Falsely Accused of Crime Solicitors deal with a wide range of services:

Seeking legal assistance to help defend you of a false accusation

It is vital that you seek legal advice as soon as you learn of the allegation against you. You may believe you are innocent but you should not attend a police interview without legal representation.

Our criminal defence solicitors have a full understanding of the criminal justice system and will be able to ensure you put yourself in the best position to defend yourself against any false allegations.

Our justice system in England and Wales is based on the fundamental principle of presumed innocence until proven guilty and everyone has the right to fight back against injustice and maintain innocence.

"VERY POLITE, PROFESSIONAL AND EXCELLENT ADVICE AND SERVICE. MADE ME FULLY AWARE OF MY LEGAL RIGHTS AND HOW TO CONDUCT MYSELF IN THE INTERVIEW WHICH HAS HELPED ME TO OVERCOME MY PROBLEM."

Falsely/wrongly accused of rape, sexual assault or other sexual offences

The specialist criminal defence team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors will closely examine the prosecution’s case. Their aim will be to consider the evidence against the wrongly accused person and to establish that one or more of the essential elements of the crime have not been proven beyond reasonable doubt

Evidence collected from police reports will be closely considered and witness, other relevant evidence may be used to demonstrate that the allegations made are false and a defence prepared on your behalf.

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What is a false allegation?

This is a claim or allegation where someone states that you have committed an offence when you have not done so. An allegation that is untrue and unsupported by facts.

What to do when you are falsely accused of a crime?

Your first instinct may be to confront your accuser directly, particularly if you know them. It is important that you do not do this as this situation could easily escalate and play into the hands of your accuser.

 

"FROM THE OUTSET, COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVICE WERE CLEAR AND PRECISE. THE SUPPORT, BOTH MORAL AND DURING TRIAL WAS MUCH APPRECIATED OVER A VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD."

What are my rights?

Under the Human Rights Act 1998 you are innocent until proven guilty. Those prosecuting must prove guilt. There is no legal duty for the accused to answer any questions whilst being questioned by the police or at trial. A refusal to cooperate, however, may not help your case.

The criminal defence solicitors at Hodge Jones & Allen will provide you with expert advice to ensure you understand your particular situation and the steps you need to take to be acquitted.

“Every client matters and we always fightback against injustice to get to the truth and fight for what’s right!”

What about my right to privacy?

Unless you are under 18 years of age you will not be entitled to anonymity while a case is going through the courts. It is very important for us to be able to work with you, as early as possible, so we can take action whilst the matter is under investigation and avoid a charge being brought.

Get in contact with us immediately

The Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors legal defence team are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – without exception on 0808 2748 226.

If you call us, we can represent you and assist you immediately. We have an outstanding team of legal advocates with a hugely successful track record in successfully defending their clients’ rights.

We also have a specialist team representing the young. Our Youth Court team represent children and young adults and are specially trained criminal defence lawyers able to deal with the complexity of each case and support young people through what will be a challenging time in their life.

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Frequently asked questions

Will a solicitor attend the magistrate’s court?

If you don’t already have legal aid in place, we can’t attend court on your behalf while this dispute is ongoing.

You should make clear to the court that you wish HJA to act and that you understand we are not able to because of the dispute.

You can ask the court to delay your case so that you can discuss with us.

Duty solicitors will be available at court, but they can only act for you under the duty scheme for your first appearance. If you decide to ask for the duty solicitor, you should make clear that you are a client of HJA and you ultimately wish us to act for you in your case.

Call us to discuss what you should do – we will still be taking calls from clients who have to go to court.

Do I have to have a duty solicitor?

Duty Solicitors will be available at police stations and at court to cover first appearances.

It’s a matter for you whether you wish to have a duty solicitor to cover your case at the police station or the first appearance at the magistrate’s court.

You cannot be forced by the police or court to have a duty solicitor.

Unless you wish to be represented by them throughout your case, you should not sign legal aid forms for court representation with the duty solicitor.

Call us to discuss what you should do – we will still be taking calls from clients who have to go to court.

How long will this action take?

We hope that the dispute will be resolved as soon as possible and we will be able to continue to represent you in your ongoing case.

Can I pay privately?

You can pay us privately if you wish.

I already have legal aid – will this affect me?

No – it only affects cases where we have still have to apply for legal aid.

Fixed Fee

We may be able to provide advice or representation to you under a fixed fee. This is particularly the case if you need representation at a single court hearing. You can ask your solicitor about this option.

Hourly Rate

This rate varies according to the seniority of the lawyer involved.

You can contact us if you would like our assistance with any of our Criminal Defence services. We will provide you with a free initial assessment of your case in the first instance and then advise you on funding options and our rates.

Whether you are publicly funded, or paying privately, you can be assured that we offer value for money and are completely transparent in our charging. This means that you will always be in control of your costs and fees, and you’ll experience no surprises.

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