Lawtons Solicitors can help defend cases pertaining to sexual offences, particularly those involving indecent images and have a highly qualified and experienced team in understanding of this area of law in detail.
Being involved in an investigation relating to indecent images charges can be a highly stressful time. Your reputation is at stake. Added to this, it is one of the most difficult areas to specifically define in the law and yet can be punishable by imprisonment.
It is therefore essential to work with a specialist team of lawyers, such as Lawtons Solicitors, to prepare your defence case.
Indecent Images & The Law
There are several elements to the law when it comes to indecent image charges, which will be judged based on the individual facts of the case.
The two main distinctions made in the law are between the possession of indecent images and the making of indecent images with an intention to distribute or advertise. Making of indecent images can occur even when someone simply downloads them from the internet, the downloading “makes” the image on the device upon which the image has been downloaded.
One aspect of the case that will be considered is to prove knowledge of having the indecent images on any device such as a computer, laptop or phone. There may be occasions when the person arrested or being investigated has ownership of the device on which the indecent images may be found, but that they may not have exclusive control of it, for example, where it is a shared computer. However, whilst being unaware will not necessarily mean you are found innocent, neither is it true that awareness and looking at the images automatically means you will be found guilty.
We have experts that we use to examine electronic devices upon which indecent material may be found, experts that can challenge and consider the way in which the prosecution have graded the material that the Police may have found in the event that it is disputed.
Further factors that may be taken into consideration during any case include whether there is a legitimate reason for possessing them and intentions, in addition to whether the images are of children under the age of 18.
Sentences will only be granted following intensive expert investigations and specialist computer analysis to discover how the images appeared in your possession.
On conviction, you will be required by law to sign the Sex Offenders Register. Further sentences will depend on all the factors of the specific case.
What to do if you are accused of having Indecent Images?
The particularly varied nature of indecent images charges means that there is much to consider. It is critical to seek legal advice as soon as possible, in order to gather all the necessary evidence to defend your case.
Lawtons Solicitors’ specialist team of lawyers, dedicated to sexual offences, is on hand to ensure every angle is assessed professionally and that guidance is offered regarding your cooperation with the investigations associated with your case, including the analyses undertaken by police. This way, we can work towards the most favourable outcome.
For more information on legal proceedings surrounding indecent images charges, or to discuss an individual case in complete confidence, please call 0333 202 0972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org