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With the Crown Courts being overrun with trials and other matters, cases that would normally be referred there for sentencing purposes are now being kept in the Magistrates Court, on a regular basis.

One might think that to be sentenced in the Magistrates Court would be better in certain circumstances because the Magistrates Court have lesser sentencing powers.

Recent Trends in Sentencing Jurisdiction

In recent times, there's a noticeable trend where the Magistrates Court accepts jurisdiction for sentencing on guilty pleas for cases that traditionally would have been directed to the Crown Court. This shift might initially seem beneficial due to the perception of lighter sentencing caps within the Magistrates Court, which stands at six months for a single offence and can extend to 12 months for multiple offences.

In recent years, the use of the legal concept of Doli Incapax in cases involving historic sex offences has dwindled following its abolition in 1998. However, the recent case of PF [2017] EWCA Crim 983 highlights its continued relevance as a defence tool for defendants. This article explores the potential historic sex offence defences, with a focus on Doli Incapax and its application in light of recent legal developments.

If you would like more information regarding historic sex offences, contact us today at 07798 753720 or complete our online contact form.

At Sutton Defence Solicitors, we understand the gravity of facing sexual offence allegations while on licence for a previous crime. This article aims to provide you with a clear understanding of what happens legally when you commit a sexual offence while on licence in the UK. It is crucial to seek the right legal support from the earliest stage to navigate through the criminal justice system effectively.

For more information, please contact Stuart Sutton on 07798 753 720 or get in touch via our online contact form.

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in convictions related to sexual offences. At Sutton Defence Lawyers, we have witnessed the impact this has on individuals who find themselves accused of such crimes. It is crucial to understand the complexities surrounding consent in sexual offence cases and how to build a strong defence.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the concept of consent, delve into the legal framework, and provide practical advice for defendants facing sexual offence allegations.

When accused of a sexual offence crime, you should contact a solicitor as soon as you possibly can.  To speak to a member of our team today call 07798 753 720.

Multiple difficulties with jurors has led to a trial at Sheffield Crown Court being cancelled, and a new trial being arranged. 

The jury for the court case at Sheffield Crown Court was released due to a series of issues that the trial judge referred to as "astounding". The proceedings of the trial, which involved sexual assault, were brought to a halt when one of the jurors dozed off and another admitted to missing out on essential facts. Plus, during the deliberation process, one of the jurors had to be excused, as they had contracted an infectious illness.

We received instructions from a 68 year old male who was due in the Magistrates Court for a Plea Hearing having been charged with historic sexual offences relating to his sister in law (who was under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged offences).

Working out whether pornography is legal can be extremely difficult because of the varied legislation covering it. We have a team of lawyers in Yorkshire, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Bristol, specialising in sexual offences and pornography laws. If you need a specialist sexual offence defence lawyer, contact us on 07798753720 or email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is becoming increasingly common for police to ask someone under investigation to release their phone and other electronic devices for examination, so it is no wonder that people believe it is mandatory to do so. 

If you have been charged with a sexual offence, you are probably feeling anxious and scared about the future. It is common for us to be asked whether the charges can be dropped before going to court. A good solicitor will do their best to get the case against you dismissed before getting anywhere near a courtroom.

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