Solicitors who are discreet
The consequences of an accusation of committing a sexual offence can be complex and damaging. Anyone accused of a sexual offence – whether it be indecent image charges, sexual abuse, an historic sex crime, indecent assault or rape – is likely to face social stigma and damage to their reputation which can often be irreparable. These cases are often highly emotional and can be life-changing.
How we can help you
As such, it’s important to contact solicitors who are experienced in defending such claims. Our team of sexual offence solicitors can provide expert, sensitive advice and support in cases of alleged sexual offences. We believe in ultimate discretion and we always aim to obtain the best possible outcome whilst limiting any reputational damage.
At Lawtons Solicitors we have a huge amount of experience and expertise in dealing with complicated and sensitive sexual offence cases. Our priority is to always obtain the best possible outcome in the difficult circumstances surrounding a case of sexual offence.
Whether you are the individual facing a sexual offence allegation or a friend or relative of the accused, contact us for essential legal advice. Our team of specialist sexual offence solicitors will advise you and your family on the process of the case and how court proceedings will work.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 is used in law to define and determine the severity of all sexual offences committed in the UK. The severity of punishment in a sexual offence case is determined on a case-by-case basis.
What does this mean to you?
A punishment will depend on the particular offence that has been alleged, with some offences being viewed more seriously than others. We will be able to advise you on what to expect.
Our specialist sexual offence solicitors can represent you in sex offence cases including:
- Sexual assault and rape
- Indecent assault
- Historic sexual abuse
- Child abuse
- Making or possessing indecent images of children
- Publishing private images or footage online – known as ‘revenge porn’
- Malicious communication
- Issues relating to the Sex Offenders’ Register, including Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs), Sexual Risk Orders (SROs) and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPOs)
We can also provide specialist legal advice in cases of sexual blackmail – known as ‘sextortion’.
If you need expert legal advice on your case, contact us to see how we can help you achieve the best outcome.
Case studies: successfully defending our clients
Suspended Sentence for over 13,000 Indecent Images– January 2018
Acquittal in case of serious historic sexual abuse– August 2017
What if I have been falsely accused?
Firstly, do not try to contact the complainant, your first step should be to contact us.
But why do I need a solicitor if I haven’t done anything wrong?
Some people think that it will seem like they have something to hide if they have a solicitor with them. This isn’t the case, sexual offences are highly complex and specialist legal advice will simply ensure that you are not disadvantaged in any way. When you are innocent, you want to do everything in your power to put the best defence forward, your liberty, reputation and livelihood is at stake.
Specialist sexual offence solicitors on your side will ensure that you are provided with advance notice about any allegations so that you can prepare for any questions. Without a solicitor, the police do not have to give you any advanced warning.
I have been ‘Released under Investigation’, what does this mean?
The police will continue to investigate the allegations against you, but no bail conditions apply. Nick Titchener, director and solicitor advocate explains further.