When an accusation of a sexual nature is made the consequences can be devastating not just for you but also for those around you. This is the case whether or not any Police investigation leads to a charge. As a result it is vital that you seek early advice and representation regarding accusations of sexual offences and make sure that one of our lawyers is with you if you are to be interviewed.
Although there are various ways in which a sexual offence can be committed, any sexual offence will lead to serious consequences as your reputation could be permanently damaged. We can provide the experienced representation to minimise the risk to your reputation and of adverse publicity.
At Cartwright King Solicitors, we take a non-judgemental approach to our client’s cases and acknowledge your right to legal representation. If you have been accused of committing a sexual offence of any kind, it is in your best interests to acquire professional legal advice at the earliest opportunity. We are available to support you throughout the entirety of the legal proceedings and will represent you in court if the need arises.
Free Police Station advice and initial telephone consultation
Everyone has the right to free legal advice when at the Police Station. Our experienced lawyers are available at any time of day or night to help you and make sure your position is protected and that your defence is properly presented. If you are arrested remember to tell the Police that you want to be represented by Cartwright King. Our highly skilled Criminal Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can also provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. Please contact us on 0808 168 5550 or email us using the enquiry form below.
Sexual offences and the law
Sexual offences take many forms. Behaviour will be considered “sexual” by the courts if the average person would consider the alleged behaviour to be sexual in nature. If you have been accused of committing a sexual offence it can lead to general distress in your life given the fear of potentially being labelled as a sex offender and the destruction of your reputation. Unfortunately these consequences often arise before a court has decided the outcome and even if you are eventually found innocent. Examples of sexual offences include;
- Making/possessing indecent images of children
- Rape/sexual assault
- Malicious communications
- Historic sexual abuse
- Grooming/sexual exploitation
- Publication of private sexual material (Revenge Porn)
Many factors will be considered by the court, matters which will aggravate any offence include;
- If violence was used against the alleged victim
- If the alleged victim was unconscious
- If the alleged victim was held captive
- If the alleged victim was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- If the alleged victim is physically disabled
In the case of some offences the prosecution must show a lack of consent. In relation to the consumption of alcohol, it does not necessarily mean that consent was not given even if the alleged victim was under the influence. Although drunken consent can still be deemed as such, it is important to know that if a large amount has been consumed it could lead to the assumption that the alleged victim was physically and mentally unable to consent. If this is the case, then the defendant must show that he held a “reasonable belief” that consent was given which the average person would agree was an honest belief.
If you have been accused of any sexual offence, the effect on your reputation will be one of your main initial concerns. Given the seriousness of the potential consequences surrounding sexual offences, it is essential to seek legal advice as soon as possible. At Cartwright King, our Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to take your case on from the outset and will provide professional legal assistance to you throughout the proceedings. If we are involved in the early stages of the case, then it will be more likely to build a strong argument for your defence and achieve a result which will be beneficial to you.
What sentence could you face?
There are wide ranges and types of offences that can be described as sexual, so only broad sentencing guidelines can be given here. For example a minor offence of sexual touching over clothing could be dealt with by way of a fine. On the other hand a rape conviction can lead to life imprisonment.
Most offences will require you to sign on the Sex Offenders Register which could then lead the court to also make a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) against you. If this is the case, regardless of whether the offence is deemed as minor or more serious, your reputation will be severely damaged and there can be long term consequences for you and your family.
If you have been charged with a sexual offence, it is essential that you seek expert legal advice as early as possible. If arrested, you are entitled by law to be legally represented at the Police Station. You should always insist that the Police contact Cartwright King and not speak to the Police until you have had chance to consult with one of our experienced team. Cartwright King’s Defence Solicitors are available to advise you day and night through the legal proceedings and represent you in court if necessary making sure that the strongest defence case is put forward for you. They will also advise about your right to appeal should the need arise.
How can we help you?
If you or somebody you know has been accused of committing a sexual offence, our experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process and build a strong case for your defence. We promise to:
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
- Seek legal aid for you subject to your finances
- Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
- Represent you in interview under caution by the police
- Do our utmost to keep your case out of the public interest and the media
- Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
- Represent you in both Magistrates and Crown Court as necessary
- Take the worry off your hands
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending those who have been accused of committing any form of sexual offence by our acclaimed Criminal Defence Solicitors.
At Cartwright King our experienced lawyers will always advise you whether or not Legal Aid is available to fund your defence.
In order to be eligible you have to be able to pass two tests;
- First you must show that it is in the interests of justice that Legal Aid be granted to you. This might be because to establish your case will involve expert cross examination of witnesses by our lawyers, or because you are at risk of imprisonment, or that you suffer from some disability.
- Secondly you must pass a means test. This is based on the weekly income of yourself and your partner. There are slightly different rules depending on whether your case is to be heard at the Magistrates or Crown Court and the complexity of the provisions. Regardless, we are happy to take your details and advise whether you might qualify.
If unfortunately you do not qualify for Legal Aid we will always provide a competitive quotation to deal with your case on a private basis and can agree a payment plan with you to assist you and your family secure the best possible representation for you.
Why Choose Us?
At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the devastating consequences that being accused of committing a sexual offence can have for you, your reputation and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explaining the likely outcomes and to keeping the case as private as possible.
How to make contact
Always insist on representation by one of our lawyers if you are arrested. Remember that advice at the Police Station is free and will not delay your release.
If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team using the enquiry form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our Criminal Defence Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in London, Birmingham, Bedford, Bolton, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Gateshead, Northampton, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield and Worcester.