Advice On What To Do If You Are Falsely Accused Of A Crime

There are very few situations in life that are as devastating as being accused of a crime you did not commit. Your current and future reputation and freedom are at stake and should never be taken lightly!

If you find yourself in this situation, there are steps you should take and what you need to know in order to proceed forward. Failure to take proper action will lead to a very bad outcome including prison time, even if you are innocent.

Here are some useful tips that you should follow and how to deal with a false accusation;

First off, you should fully understand what charges are being brought against you. It is crucial that you defend yourself against charges that have been brought against you falsely. Once you understand what the charges are and have taken the steps to get legal representation, you will be in a much better position. If you do not have an attorney, at the moment, go online and read legal articles to fully comprehend the charges being filed against you.

You should hire a solicitor as quickly as possible or if you already have a solicitor, present them with all your questions and concerns. You must know your rights and how the legal system works. Your solicitor should explain what charges are being brought against you and what steps will be taken by the attorney and his team.

The following are important tips to help you get the best possible outcome in securing results that will work in your favor:

This is critical – you must completely understand the consequences of the accusations being brought against you, even if you are innocent. Never, disregard the seriousness of the charges because you could still be convicted of the crime. Everything you do at this stage will have an effect on the final outcome from these false charges. Failing to take the proper steps will increase the chances of a conviction and the legal consequences in the future.

Again, get legal representation as quickly as possible and make sure you understand the legal fees and are able to pay. In most cases, you will have to provide a retainer for your solicitor and he or she will go over when additional payments will be made. If accusations of a crime, such as rape or sexual abuse, will lead to a greater risk of a conviction. You must have a strong defense case in order to prove your innocence. Therefore, you must have an solicitor who is experienced in cases such as yours. A good defense attorney will cost more but this is your life you are talking about! Most solicitors will work with you on the financial side. If you do not have a great deal of money, there are many highly qualified attorneys that a few times a year take on pro-bono cases in which they do not charge for their services. It’s worth looking into.

You will need reliable witnesses and evidence that might be available. Your defense team will gather evidence, speak with witnesses and put together your case. Therefore, be sure and give as much information as you possibly have to your defense team.

If you have someone with comprehensive information, be sure and give your attorney their name so he or she can contact them. Be sure and list any and all witnesses of the alleged crime along with character witnesses that can speak in your defense.

False Accusation Of Rape Or Sex Crimes

These cases are taken very seriously and the outcome could be terrible if you are found guilty. Sexual assault, child molestation, rape, sodomy of a minor, child pornography, and indecent exposure are some actions that fall under this category.

Rape is the most common and there are a number of men that have been accused of this crime and know how difficult it is to deal with even though they are innocent. Keep in mind, there are cases in which women have been victims of rape but there are other cases that are false. There are women who accuse a man of rape but in fact, it never happened. There are women who will go to any length to get back at an ex-boyfriend or ex-husband just for revenge. In other cases, she might make up a story to cover her own misconduct or embarrassment. In other cases, alcohol is involved which can alter someone’s memory of the events and lead to misunderstandings. In these cases, it’s really important that an innocent man is able to clear his name. In order to clear your name, follow these tips which your solicitor will also advise you on:

Do Not Let Your Emotions Get Out Of Control

It seems only natural if someone is falsely accused of a crime to confront the accuser. This will only lead to a great deal of stress and enormous levels of anger that can quickly get out of control. If you are in a confrontation, you must keep your temper under control and think clearly. Better yet, just stay away from a confrontation!

Say Away From Your Accuser

The best advice you will be given is to just stay away from your accuser. Confrontations can lead to bigger issues and could lead to losing your case. Just stay away from them. Even if you think you could talk them into dropping the charges, don’t count on it! This can lead to even more problems if she goes before the court with an accusation that you tried to coheres her. If you must meet with or contact your accuser, make sure you have a third party with you. Use text messages or emails that can be saved vs making a phone call. Phone calls can be twisted around so don’t do it.

Your Solicitor Must Be Experienced In Criminal Law

Rape cases are very serious charges, you must have a really good attorney to help you get through this. He or she will be experienced in these cases and will give you valuable advice and will guide you through the entire process. They will put together a list of witnesses and go over the details on the best way to represent you and bring it before the court.

What Is The Motivation Behind The Accusation?

The chances are good that there is a motivation behind accusations if you have been falsely accused of rape. Sit down with your attorney to find out what the motivation might be. A former spouse or partner might be trying to destroy your image out of jealousy or revenge for the breakup. The whole incident could have been consensual sex but if a drug or alcohol was present than clear thinking was thrown out the window. These are situations your attorney will bring before the court in order to clear your name!

In Conclusion

Being falsely accused of a crime is very detrimental and difficult to get through. Follow the advice of counsel and try and keep as calm as possible. Never, ever try to represent yourself in a court of law. This old adage is very true:

If you hire yourself as your lawyer, you have a fool for a lawyer!

This is a very stressful time and you need the best backing to help you get an acquittal of the charges. Hire solicitors that know what they are doing and do what they tell you to do.

 

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Legislation To Protect Separating UK Unmarried Couples Overdue

According to the Office Of National Statistics, unmarried couples and families living together are the fastest growing cohabitants in the United Kingdom. As of 2016, there are approximately 3.3 million cohabiting families and the number has doubled since the statistics taken 1996 at 1.5 million.

Legislation for the protection of  unmarried couples and families is well overdue.  Lawyers have been arguing this issue for well over 10 years.  This includes the rights and responsibilities of unmarried couples upon separation and should be addressed as soon as possible.

A recent survey by the Family Lawyers Organisation of its members revealed that 88% of cohabiting couples believe they have legal protection.  It has also shown that 98% mistakenly believed they have the same rights as married couples.

Due to the statistics from surveys, it is believed that legislation for unmarried couples has not provided proper legal protection.  Back in 2007, the Law Commission recommended a plan that would be a contribution-based financial award for separating couples who had a child together and lived together for a certain period of time.  Couples in the plan also had the option to back out if they chose to.

In 2011, the government announced they would not move forward with these proposals.  Even though the commission called on the next government to move forward and not delay, there was a lack of interest or political will.  In light of more pressing issues of national interest, there have been no changes.

Nigel Shepherd, chair of Resolution and head of family law at Mills & Reeve, told Solicitors Journal that his organisation envisions a law where unmarried couples could meet the criteria, through a committed relationship, allowing them the right to apply for certain financial orders upon separation.

This right would kick in automatically unless the couple chose to back out.  The court would be able to make the same orders as they do for divorced couples but on a limited basis.  These benefits could include payments for child care which would allow the caregiver the ability to work.

According to Julia Thackray, former head of the family team at Penningtons and programme leader at Central Law Training, believes reforms are well overdue.  She went on to point out, with the increasing number of couples living together, it is even more critical that the government gets back to the issue of cohabitation and financial protection for these people.  This issue should not be a carbon copy of divorce but should offer some level of protection and as a safety net where  otherwise real needs will not be met.

Unfortunately, there are many cases where people are extremely vulnerable, they have children, cannot work or only work part-time, and this contributes to more family financial concerns.  They have to compromise their earning abilities and limited housing options and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it.  In other situations where couples do not have children but have other expenses, they are not allowed to make a property claim.  Due to other expenses, it may allow the property owner to pay off more on their mortgage so they can have an advantage later on.

In June of 2015, Lord Marks introduced the Cohabitation Rights Bill to address this huge vacuum in the law.  This bill would provide basic protections for unmarried couples and a provision for their property upon one partner’s death.  Under the bill, the court would be able to make a financial settlement order where there is a “retained benefit” or “economic disadvantage” dependent. This would allow for “qualifying contributions” be made for either financial or other reasons.

Before an order can be presented, the court must deem whether it is fair when addressing any “discretionary factors” which would include the earning capabilities of both parties and the welfare of a child.  Couples would also have protection upon a death instead of just separation and this is a very important point.

Lord Marks’ bill also has safeguards in place that would provide protection for insurable interests in lives, being intestate upon death, and rights related to their home.  It also provides for the possibility for a claim against a partner’s estate upon death.

Lord Marks will take part in an upcoming debate to support extending the legal rights of those who choose not to marry.  Those advocating reform will want to stay up on the progress being made by the bill in the House of Lords.  Without a specific date for the second reading of his bill, no one is any closer in guaranteeing cohabitation laws will meet the demands of the 21st century than the Law Commission was 10 years ago.

Unmarried couples should have the same protections and rights as those who are married.  With the growing number of people are choosing to live together vs marrying, the government must address these concerns in a timely manner.

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Strange English Laws

Old England had the strangest of laws. Charles Dickens called the law an idiot and an ass.

Although old England had so many strange laws in times past. Those laws made complete sense as at then, but in recent times the commission have been repelling some of them.

In 1965, the Law Commission was commissioned and was charged with the mandate of repealing ancient English laws and also updating them. The law commission is responsible for reviewing ancient laws and recommending appropriate changes to be made.

It is not an easy job wading through dusty statute books that are ancient searching for old English laws that are strange and adding them to the Repeal Bill, they do this because they have no jurisdiction crossing these laws out. It is only the parliament that has this power after deliberating on them for some time.

One example of England weird laws;
In 1307,a law was passed, that stated that the whales that are dead and seen on the British coast automatically becomes the king’s property. Also, the tail of the whale is to be given to Queen to make her corset. Looking at history, in the year 1307, on 7th July that same year, Edward I died and as his dying wish, Edward I asked his son to take his bones along, when going to conquer Robert the Bruce of Scotland.

Placing a stamp that bears British monarch in a wrong way, is an act of treason and it is punishable by death.

On the 25th of December, It was also illegal to eat mince-pie and this was applied in all of England.

Another English law states, not disclosing information to the taxman is illegal, but disclosing information you don’t mind telling him, is not. This was the law under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006.

In the 1800, many criminals were sentenced to death on the bases of different crimes committed, such as; impersonating a Chelsea Pensioner, picking pockets, forgery, murder,sheep-stealing, treason, stealing money, horse-stealing,damaging properties and so much more, there are about two hundred in total.

Archery Law
It is mandatory for males who are English and above the age of fourteen to take longbow lessons every weekend for two hours. a church official supervises. As at that time, since no armies existed, only trained infantry, knights, archers and others that existed. Trotters Bottom in Hertfordshire was one of the oldest archery range that still exists till date. Archery ranges were usually located on the extreme end of the field.

Shooting of a Welsh person on Sunday in Hereford was prohibited except with a Longbow, murdering a Welsh person at all hours of the day, so far he is within the city walls.

It is illegal in York, to kill a Scotsman carrying a bow and arrow within the city of York, but this law is not applicable on a Sunday.

English Laws that are Weird
Seeing a mannequin that is naked is illegal for all ten year old boys.

Hanging a bed from a window is illegal.

Leaving and picking up luggage that was abandoned is also illegal.

It is allowed for all English males to urinate behind the wheel of his vehicle but he must place his right hand on it.

In the late 16th Century, a law was introduced to outlaw “molly houses” where homosexuals committed immoral acts. This law banned two or more males from having sexual activities in a house.

English females eating chocolate in public is illegal.

It is a crime to commit suicide in England. Although this law was repealed.
It is considered an offence to be drunk in an inn, this is because the premise is licensed.

It was illegal not to carry bags of oats and bales of hay, when using Carriages in London. The reason for this is that in ancient times horses drawn. In 1976, This law was repealed. Even till this day, all public transport drivers must ask their passengers their smallpox status and it is illegal to carry corpse or sick dogs in your cab without asking for permission from your passengers. At that time it was illegal to impersonate or dress like a Chelsea Pensioner in order to get unmerited pensions. There were brave men who risked their lives for their country and less brave men who were cowardly laying claims to another’s pension. Impostors were sentenced to death when caught.

In 1682, King Charles II Founded The Men in Scarlet. It is a sanctuary for veterans to get relief and treatment from war injuries. It can still be seen, if you are visiting Westminster.

Christmas was considered illegal at 1647, by the English parliament. A Puritan leader banned all festivities relating to Christmas, but after the Puritans left the governing authority in 1660, Christmas was made legal. Then, anyone who celebrated Christmas was arrested.

Keeping a pigsty is allowed for all Londoners, especially in front of their house.
In 1797, John Hetherington who hated London, publicly carried his Top Hat he created. As a result he pulled a large crowd of people but unfortunately for him many women fainted as a result of the noise and a little boy broke his arm. He was fined fifty pounds for disturbing the king’s peace and coming out of his house wearing a shining lustre that was tall, it was seen by the court as a way of frightening people. He was charged and fined.

Shaking a carpet in the street of the Metropolitan Police District was illegal, but this action becomes legal before 8am and nothing later.

Dyeing was illegal in the Houses of Parliament Wearing a full suit of armor by a member of parliament is illegal when worn to the House of Commons.

Trading on Sundays.
Only carrots were allowed to be sold on a Sunday. This law made it relatively illegal to sell anything else. Those business owners that wished to sell their wares sold carrots for huge sums of money, but gifted their wares in return.

Buying and selling of the bible on Sunday was illegal, but Buying and selling dirty magazines was legal on a Sunday.

A Chinese shop can open on Sunday and must sell chips and fish only, but the opening of an English traditional shop that sells fish and chips on Sunday was illegal.

Domestic Violence
It is a popular saying that you should not beat your spouse with anything wider than your thumb, this is derived from an ancient law (rule of thumb).
I have searched hard for the original document that contain wife beating and the rule of thumb. My search proved futile but I found a saying that a carpenter measures with his thumb as a ruler, substituting it for a measuring stick. I apologise for straying of topic but debunking the ancient English law (the rule of thumb), was my aim.

Giving breadcrumbs to a pregnant woman is a must for a baker. Also refusing a woman that is pregnant the right to use a toilet is illegal for a pharmacist.

A woman with an unborn child has the right to urinate anywhere she wants to. In the whole of England this law is enforced.