Sexual Offence Solicitors
The impact of facing a sexual offence charge is devastating. It could tarnish your name, reputation and livelihood, so if you have been wrongly accused or you suspect that a police investigation is underway, you need tenacious legal representation to handle your case with the utmost discretion.
Our sexual offence team operate in the strictest confidence. We never disclose any information pertaining to your case, whether that is to your employer, the press or any member of your family.
We handle a vast range of offences, including historic sexual abuse, rape, indecent assault, and possession of indecent images.
What constitutes a sexual assault charge?
The term sexual assault refers to any type of sexual activity or contact subjected upon somebody without their consent. Whether the individual does not consent or cannot consent (if, for example, they are underage, unconscious or have an intellectual disability), sexual assault largely refers to any type of sexual contact with someone who does not consent.
Sexual assault is not always physical. It includes verbal, visual and non-contact activities:
- Exhibitionism (exposing oneself in public)
- Coercing someone to pose for sexual pictures
- Sending unwanted and inappropriate texts
- Voyeurism (watching private sexual acts without consent
- Sexual harassment or threats
If you have been accused of any of the following sexual offences or you suspect that an official investigation is in progress, you should contact us to see how we can help you.
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What are the main types of sexual offences?
Sexual harassment is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as unwanted sexual behaviour intended to violate another person’s dignity, cause them distress and create a hostile, humiliating, or offensive environment.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 defines sexual assault as touching someone else in an intentionally sexual way without their consent. The assault can happen through clothes and there does not need to be any initial violence for an assault to occur.
Rape and attempted rape
Within the above offence, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (England and Wales) includes rape, sexual assault, sexual activity without consent and inciting sexual activity without consent.
Grooming and child sexual offences
Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, grooming is defined as an adult (or group of adults) meeting or communicating with a child under the age of 16 by phone, text messages or online.
The Act states that a person commits a grooming offence if they intentionally arrange something that they intend to do, or intend another person to do – the meeting will involve the commission of sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in their presence, or causing a child to watch a sexual act.
It should be noted that child sex offences against children under the age of 13 are charged as a completely separate set of circumstances. These charges include rape of a child under the age of 13, sexual assault of a child under 13, inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, or assault of a child under 13 by penetration.
How our sexual offence solicitors can help
If you need a defence team to clear your name, we have expert criminal defence solicitors that have been trained to handle your case in the right way.
With evidential support and analysis of the prosecution's case, your side of the story will win the day. To discuss your case, contact Mark Carter (our Head of Criminal Department) on 0800 1 444 111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact our offices here.
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Historic abuse cases
If an alleged sexual offence has been committed before 1st May 2004, it is a case of historical abuse – this then falls under the remit of the Sexual Offences Act 1956.
It should be noted that there is no time limit on the prosecution of sexual offences in the United Kingdom. A decades-old charge of abuse is taken just as seriously as one committed recently.
The UK law enforcement defines indecent images as taking, making, sharing, possessing indecent images and pseudo-photographs (an image produced by computer graphics which appears to be a photograph).
The term ‘making’ is extremely broad, and includes storing an image on a computer, accessing a website in which ‘pop-up’ images appear, downloading an image from a website, opening an attachment to an email containing an image.
This is defined by the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 as ‘disclosing private, sexual photographs and films with the intent to cause distress’. Photographs are considered sexual if they show something that a reasonable person would consider to be of a sexual nature and show all (or part of) an individual’s exposed genitals or pubic area. Find out more about revenge porn charges here.
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