The number of prosecutions involving domestic offences has skyrocketed in recent years and it is becoming increasingly-likely that an offence committed in a domestic context will be domestically-aggravated. Moreover, with the advent of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which makes Domestic Abuse its own offence, this number is only going to rise.
There are two types of Domestic Offences. Firstly, there are domestically-aggravated offences. This is when a general offence is committed against one’s partner or ex-partner (e.g. Domestic Assault or Domestic Breach of the Peace). Secondly, in Scotland, there is a specific offence for Domestic Abuse, which became a crime in 2018 when the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 came into force.
It is not uncommon for people charged with domestic offences to attempt to defend themselves and to avoid any costs that come with seeking professional legal advice. However, even in domestic case, which may seem straightforward, there are many legal procedures to be navigated and technicalities that must be explored. The highly experienced solicitors at Graham Walker will be able to assist you fully throughout this process and ensure that you fully understand the proceedings and maximise the chances of an acquittal. Furthermore, many domestic offences can be prosecuted at solemn level, which means with a jury. Solemn cases are much more serious and can attract long jail sentences. It is therefore essential to ensure that you are properly advised.
Therefore, if you have been, or think you will be charged with a domestic offence, contact Graham Walker Solicitors now and get ahead of the prosecution. We are available 24/7.
Don’t worry if you have been charged with something that does not appear above. If you are unsure about the nature of the offence that you are charged with, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance – we are more than happy to help.