Sexual Offence Solicitors
Sexual Offence Solicitors
Talk to sexual offence solicitors who’ll fight your corner.
Even an allegation of a sexual crime can have a terrible effect on your life. But with our sexual offence solicitors supporting you, you will have the expert advice you need right from the start to put your best foot – and most effective defence – forward.
This may mean starting to seek out witnesses or proactively gathering evidence. It will also mean listening sympathetically and carefully to you – always in the strictest confidence.
What Our Sexual Offences Lawyers Do For You
The first thing most people know about a sexual offence allegation is police officers knocking on their door. Right from the start, it is wise to say nothing without expert legal advice.
It does not matter if you are completely innocent and think you have nothing to hide. It does not matter if the police encourage you to skip getting legal representation because it “makes you look guilty”.
The UK legal system entitles you to professional legal representation. Our sexual offences lawyers will aim to:
- Have your case dismissed – the chances of your case not even reaching court go up dramatically when you have a solicitor with expertise in sexual offence allegations on your side.
- Help return that vital not guilty verdict – if your case does go to court, having specialist sexual offence lawyers in your corner maximises the chances of you being found not guilty.
- Advise on what to say and other issues – including talking to the media or issues relating to anything from SOPOs (Sexual Offences Prevention Orders) to the Sex Offenders Register.
What Constitutes A Sexual Offence?
In UK law, “sexual offence” covers a wide variety of different crimes. These are largely defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The victims and perpetrators of these crimes might be complete strangers to one another. Or they might be friends, family members, or even current partners.
Understanding the different types of sexual offences
If you are being accused of a sexual offence, the police should always specify exactly what that offence is. The types of sexual offences are usually defined as:
According to the law, rape occurs when a person uses their penis to penetrate the vagina, mouth, or anus of another person without reasonable belief that they had consent to do so.
The concept of consent is very important in sexual offences.
Sexual assault by penetration
Similar to rape, sexual assault by penetration is categorised as when a person penetrates the vagina or anus of another person with any part of their body or with an object without that person’s consent.
Sexual assault covers occasions when a person touches another person sexually without their consent.
Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is a crime that involves encouraging a child to take part in sexual activity. This might include physical contact with the child. But it may also include no contact at all if the intention is to persuade the child to, for example, watch pornography or groom the child in preparation for later sexual acts.
Pornography And Indecent Images
There are three different types of sexual offences relating to pornography and private or indecent sexual images:
- Extreme pornography – this might include images of bestiality, mutilation, or violence intended to create sexual arousal.
- Revenge pornography – properly called “disclosing private sexual images without consent”, this includes ex-partners publishing private images online with the intention of humiliating their former partner.
- Indecent images of children – you cannot take, make (e.g. download), possess, show, distribute or publish an image of a child posed or pictured indecently or depicting a child present when an adult is involved in an indecent act.
How We Help You
In all cases where you have been accused of a sexual offence, your first step should always be to secure specialist legal representation.
The UK court system may attempt to assign you a duty solicitor, a kind of general lawyer. These overworked professionals try hard, but they’re no match for an expert in sexual offence allegations.
Get in touch with us today and let’s start working together to handle everything from your best possible defence to the harm done to your reputation. Talk to one of our specialist sexual offences solicitors today to get not only legal expertise, but also the support and reassuring ear you need in a crisis.
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