Why do you need a specialist team to defend you?
If you face investigation or charges concerning sexual abuse, you need a specialist team defending you. Lawtons Solicitors has a dedicated team specialising in sexual abuse cases, who understand the intricacies of this area of law, and are therefore ideally placed to help you.
Sexual abuse allegations — how we can help you
✔ Representation at an early stage
We can support you as soon as the police contact you and this can either prevent the case going to court, or prepare your defence.
✔ Going to court
If a case has to go to court, it is crucial that you have a team of specialist sexual abuse solicitors.
✔ An appeal
If you want to appeal, we can help and advise as to whether there are grounds to show that the conviction is unsafe.
What are the most common forms of sexual abuse?
According to the law, sexual abuse can take a number of forms but is generally when someone is considered to be in a position of trust, power or authority, and then intentionally takes advantage of another to involve them in sexual activity.
Whilst every case will be treated differently, sexual abuse cases are often cited when the people involved know each other, whether it is a family member or someone in the community. Other sexual abuse scenarios can include:
- A doctor and patient
- A celebrity and deemed ‘fan’
- A priest and a parishioner
- A teacher and a student
- An older child and a child
- An adult and a child
If there is sufficient evidence and a realistic prospect of conviction, together with adequate public interest, then the case will be prosecuted and will often be referred to the Crown Court to be dealt with.
The outcome and sentence for sexual abuse cases will depend very much on the facts of the individual case, but may be influenced by certain issues, including if children were involved, their age, and the position of trust held by the accused.
What to do if you are accused of sexual abuse?
By the sheer nature of sexual abuse cases, they are likely to attract high profile attention. For this reason, and to ensure a positive outcome, we recommend you seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible.
You can rely on our discretion
Lawtons Solicitors is on hand to provide necessary guidance and assist you in achieving the best possible outcome, without any distractions interfering with your case.
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FAQs about Sexual Abuse
Why have the police have taken my mobile phone?
The accusation is false, so surely I don’t need a solicitor?