Specialist rape prosecutions require specialist defence solicitors too
On 8 January 2015 the DPP announced a new, revised protocol for the CPS dealing with rape allegations.
As a result it is anticipated there will be an increase in rape prosecutions of 30% – an increase of around 550 rape trials and 650 decisions to prosecute. The DPP stated, “I am determined to ensure our Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) Units have the skilled lawyers and the essential tools they need to do the job and work effectively with specialist Police rape teams.”
While an increase in prosecutions – where the evidence justifies it – is to be applauded, there will be suspects and defendants who are concerned that, while they are being investigated and prosecuted by experts in this field, they must ensure they are represented by similarly specialist lawyers. Only where there is a level playing field will justice be properly served.
Defending those charged with sexual offences requires an expert skill set in the same way the DPP requires her lawyers to be suitably skilled. Sonn Macmillan Walker have long appreciated this to be the case. Our solicitors, advocates, and the barristers we instruct have a wealth of experience in defending all types of sexual offence. We pride ourselves on offering some of the best lawyers in this field, and we are proud of our success rate.
Should you need to talk to an expert please call Tim Walker, Aysha Moore, or Rachel Hobba in complete confidence.