Defending sexual offences charges

Sexual Offences
There are a number of different offences under the Sexual Offences act of 2003.

If you have been charged with an offence of a sexual nature, you will require criminal defence solicitors with a firm grasp of this complex area.

Interviews at the police station for sex offences can be difficult. Before an interview about a sexual offence you need expert advice which we will provide.

Being arrested for a sexual offence is an extremely difficult experience which can affect your relationships with loved ones as well as your wider reputation. We have experience of helping people falsely accused of offences such as rape, as well as helping others through the legal process.

Types of sexual offences
There are a number of different sexual offences with which it is possible to be charged. Specific sexual offences also exist involving children at the age levels of under 13, 16 and 18.

Common offences include:

Rape (including date rape)
Assault by penetration
Sexual assault
Abuse of children
Causing sexual activity without consent
Grooming
Meeting a child following sexual grooming
Abuse of position of trust offences
Paedophile offences against children
Child pornography
Child prostitution
Familial child sex offences (including incest offences)

Sexual offences and Consent
In practice, most cases of alleged sexual assault or rape will revolve around the idea of consent.

It is up to the relevant parties to try and show that consent did or did not exist. It may also be relevant to show that the accuser was in a position to give consent, for example in cases where alcohol or drugs may be involved.

In cases where consent did not exist, it may still be possible to mount a defence on the basis that the accused had ‘reasonable belief’ that consent did exist.

Offences of this kind carry prison sentences and other ancillary orders on which we can advise. We have experiencing of successfully resisting ancillary applications.

We have a detailed knowledge of the disclosure rules and will mount a robust and effective defence including making robust disclosure requests. If necessary we will take any disclosure issues, which have been common in recent times, to the trial judge to apply for appropriate orders directing prosecution disclosure.