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Racially Aggravated Offences

For many assault and Public Order Act offences, the allegation is made more serious if there is an element of racial or religious abuse as part of the case.  The Courts will consider whether:

  • At the time of committing the offence, or immediately before or after it, you have demonstrated hostility towards the victim because of their membership or a racial or religious group; or
  • The offence is motivated by hostility towards members of a racial or religious group.

Sometimes, this can mean that by using a single racially abusive word around the time of committing a separate offence, the Prosecution will argue that the whole allegation is racially motivated.

The effect of an offence becoming racially or religiously motivated is that the charge becomes much more serious and the Court has increased sentencing powers.  For example, a common assault, which can usually only be dealt with by the Magistrates Court, can become an either way offence if it is a racially aggravated offence and can be dealt with by the Crown Court with a sentence of up to two years.  In the same way offences under Section 4 or Section 4A of the Public Order Act become either way offences and can be dealt with by either the Magistrates or the Crown Court and can carry up to two years imprisonment at the Crown Court.

If you are accused of committing a racially aggravated offence, it is important that you have a solicitor who will prepare your case under your instructions, and act in your best interests throughout.  As solicitors, we will represent you to the best of our abilities no matter what type of offence you are accused of committing, including allegations of racism.

The solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have dealt with many clients accused of with assaults or Public Order Act offences, including racially aggravated allegations.  We always fight to secure the best result possible for our clients.  We can represent you in Greater Manchester and the North West, as well as throughout the Country.  If you, or someone you know, are accused of a racially aggravated offencecontact us to see how we can help you.

Racially Aggravated Offences Solicitors in Manchester, England

Offering specialist advice and representation on cases of Racially Aggravated, Stephen Lickrish & Associates Solicitors in Manchester can help. Contact us today by calling us at 0161 237 1913 or on 0800 988 64 22 for 24-hour legal advice. Alternatively, contact us by filling out an enquiry form.

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