Lawtons Solicitors have a dedicated team located in offices across the South East including London, Luton, Essex, Watford, Milton Keynes and Bedford.

We have a specialist team of criminal defence solicitors that have the expertise and enviable track record to successfully represent you in any sexual offence case. We also work in close conjunction with leading historical sex crime barristers and can provide the advice you need.

At a time that is highly stressful and often frightening, we are there to listen to you, support and guide you. We’re on your side.

Any form of sexual offence is highly sensitive and we take the upmost care when dealing with your case.

Sex crimes, sexual offences and indecent assault offences are extremely serious charges that can result in significant prison terms. For this reason, it is paramount that you receive the best possible legal advice and representation from specialist solicitors.

Lawtons Solicitors have a vast amount of experience successfully defending clients at the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

 

What is the definition of rape?

Rape, along with sexual assault and assault by penetration, is one of the three most common sexual crimes under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. According to the law only a man can commit rape (as the penetration must be with a penis). Rape is committed where a man intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis when the other person does not consent.

If there is insufficient evidence to charge rape, sexual assault by penetration should be charged. Assault by penetration is when someone puts another part of their body – or an object – into another person’s vagina, anus or mouth without that person’s consent. Assault by penetration can be committed by either gender.

Someone found guilty of either rape or assault by penetration can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Sexual assault occurs when a person intentionally touches another person for sexual purposes without the consent of that person. It does not involve penetration of the vagina, mouth or anus.

A person found guilty of sexual assault can be sentence to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Each of these is a very specific offence and your plea will depend on the specific charge against you.

As rape is a very serious allegation, cases can only be heard by the Crown Court and often involve long prison terms, with a life-sentence being a possibility in the most serious instances.

In addition to a prison sentence, the Courts are also able to impose requirements on an individual to sign the Sex Offenders Register and abide by the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

At Lawton Solicitors, we have an experienced team of Prison Law Solicitors that have the knowledge and know-how to offer you specialist advice in respect of these orders.

 

What should you do if you are accused of rape?

If you are accused of rape (or assault by penetration or sexual assault) it is crucial that you are represented by someone who is an expert in this complex and very serious area of law. The consequences of a conviction for rape are very grave and will have life changing effects for the person accused and those around them.

It is important to have expert legal advice and the best defence team possible, especially in cases of this nature. Our lawyers have significant experience and specialist expertise in dealing with sex crime cases. We offer discrete and understanding advice for anyone accused of a sexual offence.

 

Contact Us

If you have been accused of rape, or would like more information about sexual assault or rape sentences, then please call us on 0333 2020972 or email web@lawtonslaw.co.uk.

 

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