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Racially aggravated offence charges

Criminal Defence

If you’re convicted of racially aggravated offences it can destroy your reputation and harm your family. Cartwright King’s reputable Criminal Defence Lawyers will do everything they can to defend you against allegations of racially aggravated offences. We will scrutinise the evidence against you, in detail, to ensure you’re treated fairly.

Get in touch with Cartwright King’s Criminal Defence team, now.

Racially Aggravated Offences and the Law 

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998, sets out that an assault [and other offences] becomes racially aggravated if:

  1.  At the time of committing the offence, or immediately before or after doing so, you demonstrate hostility towards another person based on their membership – or presumed membership – of a racial or religious group; or
  2. The offence is motivated – wholly or partly – by hostility towards members of a racial or religious group based on their membership of that group.

If these elements are established in addition to proof of the assault, then the assault you have been alleged to have committed is racially aggravated. Once racial aggravation is proved, the Courts sentencing powers increase. For example “common assault” which alone can only be heard in the Magistrates Court and carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment, becomes a case which could go to the Crown Court where the maximum is 2 years imprisonment. Penalties for other assaults increase when they are said to be racially aggravated. Courts must indicate that they have specifically increased sentence to account for the aggravating feature.

In these cases, it is imperative to have expert legal advice from the outset in order to reduce the chances of any difficulties later in the trial. At Cartwright King, our solicitors are available to assist you in a patient and professional manner.

How Cartwright King can help you 

If you’re arrested or charged with a racially aggravated offence, you need legal representation that takes a non-judgemental approach toward your case. Cartwright King’s Criminal Defence Lawyers remain professional at all times. We listen, we understand and we care about what happens to you.

Our leading Criminal Defence Solicitors can help you with:

  • Free advice at a police station
  • Representation at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court
  • Seeking Legal Aid

Benefit from free legal advice at a police station

If you’re arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence, Cartwright King’s professional Criminal Defence Solicitors are available day and night to offer free legal advice at the police station. Our priority is to ensure that your position is protected and your defence is properly presented.

You have the right to choose who you want to represent you legally. Tell the police you want to be represented by Cartwright King, and one of our specialist Criminal Defence team will be there when you need us most, no matter where you are in the UK.

Unique advocacy services

We can represent you at every stage of your case. Our unique advocacy services give you legal representation from the police station through to the Higher Courts. When you need us most, we will be there with the legal know-how and calm head to guide you through your case.

Why choose Cartwright King?

Criminal defence is our specialism that’s why our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that you have legal representation when you need it most. 

70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges, including racially aggravated offences. Our reputation is built on successfully clearing people accused of criminal activity. We’re trusted, resourceful and calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on. 

Free, initial phone conversation

Call us now to speak to one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers for a free, no obligation chat. When facing racially aggravated offences, there’s no substitute for talking to a specialist lawyer.

The discussion is completely free, informal and confidential and allows us to:

  • Understand your circumstances
  • Assess the best way forward

Legal Fees

If you find yourself arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence and taken to a police station, remember you have the right to free and independent legal advice. 

Instructing Cartwright King means you’re choosing the leading provider of Legal Aid for criminal defence services. Any  representation and advice we provide you in the police station is entirely free.

To receive calm, collected legal representation, and an immediate, 24/7 response, please call us, or email your enquiry.

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Frequently asked questions.

Racially aggravated offences are set out in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 outlining that assault becomes racially aggravated if a verbal or physical attack is carried out based on:

A person’s ethnicity
An individual’s membership of a religious group

Cartwright King will do everything we can to help you avoid prosecution, giving you sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance throughout legal proceedings. If you are found guilty, racially aggravated offences give the Court greater sentencing powers.

For example, a ‘common assault’ charge can only be heard in the Magistrates Court and carries a maximum six-month prison sentence. However, racially aggravated common assault cases can be dealt with at the Crown Court, where a two-year maximum prison sentence can be handed down.

The severity of a sentence is determined on whether a case is heard in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court.