Interview for Historical Sexual Offences
Our client was contacted by Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigations Team (SOCIT). He was asked to come in for an interview in relation to historical sexual offences alleged to have been committed over 30 years ago. The client attended our office for advice prior to attending the interview and was also represented by a solicitor during the interview.
The client was advised to make a no comment interview. Having a solicitor present during the interview made the client feel more comfortable and assured when giving a no comment interview. In addition, we were able to make notes about the questions and the allegations when they were put to the client. During a stressful interview, it can be difficult to focus on and remember what is being said during the interview.
The client was released pending summons.
Based on the details obtained during the interview and instructions provided by the client, we prepared a letter of advice that was promptly served on the interviewing police officer. The letter outlined reasons why the client should not be charged in relation to the offences. It detailed a defence to the charges and, further, why the prosecution would not succeed and why it was not in the interest of public policy to pursue the matter.
Almost 11 months later, we received notification from Victoria Police that they would not be proceeding with the investigation and the client would not be charged.
This was a good result. Having a lawyer during an interview for historical sexual offences will ensure that you are able to deal with the legal system smoothly and avoid any complications.
Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel. Amelia also appears regularly at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and suburban courts as a solicitor advocate.
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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 05/04/2017