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Sexual Offence Allegations

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Sexual offence allegations made against you can be devastating for you and your family. That’s why you need the support of a specialist Cartwright King Solicitor. Cases of such a serious nature require a non-judgmental approach and we’re here to listen, understand and defend you against allegations.

Get in touch with Cartwright King’s Sexual Offence Solicitors now for professional legal advice.

How Cartwright King can help you

Cartwright King’s unique advocacy services mean that our Sexual Offence Solicitors can represent you from the police station up to the highest courts. This gives you reliable, consistent legal representation from lawyers who fully understand your situation and can provide you with the best possible defence.

If you find yourself under arrest at a police station, our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to represent you at a moment’s notice. We can help you if you’re facing allegations of, or charged, with:

  • Child Sex Offences and Possessing Indecent Images
  • Grooming 
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Revenge Porn

Calm, collected, confidential legal advice

When facing sexual offence allegations, you can be left feeling isolated and vulnerable. Finding the right support, and knowing who to trust when you need it most, can be overwhelming.

Cartwright King’s calm, collected Solicitors are here to support you throughout your case. We operate discreetly and confidentially to ensure that your legal rights and reputation are protected.

If you have been arrested or charged, you can call on us to represent you. We’ll carefully examine the evidence against you to give you the best possible legal advice. If your case goes to Court, we will represent you, ensuring that your interests are uppermost in our advice.

Why choose Cartwright King for defence against sexual offence allegations?

Cartwright King specialises in Criminal Defence Law. 70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges, including sexual offences. Our reputation is built on successfully clearing people accused of serious crimes. We’re trusted, resourceful  and calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

Get free advice at the police station 

If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a sexual offence, you are entitled to free legal advice at the police station. Cartwright King’s Solicitors are available day and night to protect your position and ensure you have a proper defence. 

You can tell the police that you want Cartwright King to represent you and the police will ensure that we are contacted so that we can represent you while you are under arrest. There’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist Sexual Offence Solicitor when you’re faced with sexual offence allegations or charges. 

Legal Fees

Cartwright King is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services.

If you are charged with an offence, because Legal Aid is means tested, we will provide further advice on public funding from the Legal Aid Agency at your initial meeting with us. Remember, that everyone is entitled to free legal representation when you have first been arrested.

In cases where you may not be eligible for Legal Aid, our criminal defence team offer competitively-priced fee levels, with fixed fees and advance notice of charges whenever possible.

To discuss your eligibility for Legal Aid please call us, or email your enquiry.

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Frequently asked questions.

What constitutes a sexual offence?

Sexual offences take many forms. Behaviour will be considered “sexual” by the courts if the average person would consider your 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)

What is the Sexual Offences Act?

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003) came into force on 1 May 2004 and repealed most sections of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. It represented ‘a large-scale revision of the law of sexual offences.’ The Act applies to England and Wales only. Scotland is covered by the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

The SAO 2003 redefined and clarified a few terms as well as introducing new types of sexual offences. The definition of rape was widened and the definition of sexual consent was expanded. Several other types of sexual offence were also added, including, but not limited to:

Non-consensual voyeurism
Sex with a corpse
Assault by penetration

The Act offers stronger protection for children and contains new laws relating to child prostituion offences, indecent images of children and sexual activity with a child.

What are the main types of sexual offence?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) considers the following to be the main types of sexual offence:

Sexual Assault by Penetration
Sexual Assault
Child Sexual Abuse
Extreme Pornography
Disclosing Private Sexual Images without Consent (Revenge Porn)
Indecent Images of Children

What sentence could I face?

We will do everything we can to help you avoid prosecution. However, sentences if found guilty vary depending on the type of offence.

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