Lawtons has a dedicated team of solicitors, fully versed in the law pertaining to sexual offences, and one that offers all the support and guidance you need to ensure the best possible outcome.
We know that the consequences of sexual allegations go much deeper than concerns surrounding legal proceedings, with the prospect of being branded a sex offender having the potential to impact the rest of your life. The impact of the stigma can be the most worrying thing, to both your reputation and the reputation of those around you.
With this in mind every case our specialist indecent assault solicitors deal with is treated fairly and we build our specialist team around your specific requirements and based on the evidence presented.
Indecent Assault & The Law
Indecent assault is the crime of attacking someone in a way which involves non-consensual touching or threatening them sexually, but not forcing them to have sexual intercourse. An indecent assault is an assault committed in circumstances of indecency. It must be proven that the accused acted intentionally, in full knowledge of the ‘indecent circumstances’.
Indecent assault is an offence under sections 14 and 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. Sexual assault under section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is a virtually identical offence. Various activities previously covered by the offence of ‘indecent assault’ now fall within the definitions of offences under the 2003 Act (e.g. assault by penetration, child sex offences and vulnerable adults subjected to a sexual assault). This means that the offence of sexual assault (section 3) will largely now be used in relation to lesser forms of sexual assault than previously.
There are many factors that may contribute to an indecent assault charge.
Even the slightest physical contact can be deemed enough if the contact is in a sexual or indecent context if it is proven to be more than a usual occurrence in everyday life. Common examples could include:
- An unwanted kiss.
- Intentional touching (under or over clothes) of an intimate area, such as the anus, penis, vagina or breasts.
- A groin being rubbed against another person without consent.
It must not only be proven that the incident took place, but also that it was a reckless or deliberate act of indecent assault that occurred in the knowledge that the other person did not reasonably consent or knew that it was without consent.
Further factors that will affect the seriousness of the case can include the age of the parties involved, especially if one or both is under the age of sexual consent, and also whether a position of trust i.e. a Doctor (or celebrity status) has been abused.
Whilst every case is treated differently and on its unique set of circumstances, indecent assault can result in up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
What to do if you are accused of Accused of Indecent Assault?
As soon as you are contacted regarding any involvement with an indecent assault case, you should contact a solicitor to ensure you fully understand your options and the legal proceedings involved.
Lawtons Solicitors has the necessary experience and dedication to support you from beginning to end; dealing with the extra sensitivities and trauma that any case relating to sexual offences can cause.
For more information about indecent assault and associated sentences, or to discuss an individual case in complete confidence, please call 0333 202 0972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org