When you have been accused of a sexual offence
If you or a loved one is facing a sexual offence you are likely experiencing a range of emotions, from fear and confusion, to anger and outrage.
Being accused of a sexual offence is a very serious matter that has the potential for life changing consequences involving your employment and family life during the police investigation. Along with a risk of a lengthy prison sentence and criminal record; sexual offences carry the additional burden of requiring registration as a sex offender.
The result of being convicted of a sexual offence will have serious future consequences and can adversely affect a person’s ability to find education, employment, or housing opportunities and to enter into future relationships.
Aggressive defence of sexual offences allegations
It is absolutely critical that you instruct an experienced sexual offences defence expert Solicitor. You and your loved one’s future depends upon it.
Kings Solicitors will zealously and aggressively defend you against your sexual offence’s allegations.
Historical Sexual Offences
At Kings Solicitors we understand the trauma for you and your family when an allegation of historical sexual offences surfaces. These are offences that occurred in the past and may involve more than one complainant.
Historical sexual offences often relate to complainants that may have been young and vulnerable at the time of the allegations.
Our approach at Kings Solicitors is to deal with your case in a very sensitive and understanding manner.
Historical allegations by their very nature are highly complex and will involve gathering evidence and trace witnesses that may assist in your defence.
Historical allegations hinge on the reliability and credibility of the complainant’s allegation. Kings Solicitors will leave no stone unturned to gather evidence to rebut the evidence against you no matter how complex and time consuming.
Indecent images of children
Kings Solicitors are experts at dealing with cases involving the viewing, downloading, possessing, copying, sharing and distribution of indecent images of children. Kings Solicitors advise in cases involving the possession of one image to many thousands of indecent images. Kings Solicitors from the outset will aim to persuade the police on a diversion from prosecution so you do not have to face being charged and attend Court.
Kings Solicitors will challenge the prosecution case at every step to determine the evidence relied on by the prosecution has been seized legally and if not, we will make an application to exclude the evidence in court.
Kings Solicitors are experts on the defences available to you and will use all available defences to undermine the prosecution case against you.
If the police have contacted you or seized your computer or you are on bail following your arrest it is essential you contact Kings Solicitors for a free consultation.
Sexual Grooming offences often attract widespread media coverage and requires sensitive handling. The impact of being arrested or questioned by the police will put your life on hold and has life changing consequences for you and your family.
Social services may regard you as a risk and limit your contact with your children or those in your family. Kings Solicitors expertise in this very challenging area of law can make the difference in helping you prove your innocence.
Kings Solicitors will analyse the prosecution evidence against you and instruct forensic and digital communication analysts or other experts if required to rigorously defend you.
Kings Solicitors Crown Court team prides itself in providing expert, honest and reliable advice and will not mislead you on the evidence or make false promises simply to secure you as a client.
Sexual Offences involving abuse of trust by professionals
Kings Solicitors are experts in providing advice and representation to professionals facing allegations of sexual offences such as: Teachers; Doctors; Health Care providers; Scout Leaders; Sports Coaches; Priests; Religious Ministers; Foster Carers; Social workers or those working in institutions.
Kings Solicitors understands the devastating impact of a police investigation of an allegation of sexual offences on your professional life. Such an investigation may result in your suspension from your employment leading to disciplinary action and in dismissal. If you are subject to professional regulation this may result in disciplinary action against you from your Regulator which may call into question your ability to continue in your profession as you may be deemed not to be of suitable character any longer or a fit or proper person for your professional position.
An additional impact of any police investigation may be the application of restrictions on your contact with children and in some cases, you may be required to move out of your family home in the interim whilst the investigation is on-going.
Kings Solicitors will provide you with expert advice on how to deal with your employers and social services during the investigation.
We at Kings Solicitors will advise you on the possibility of the complainant pursuing a civil action for damages against you.
We at Kings Solicitors are alive to the real possibility that a complainant may be motivated by the possibility of financial compensation, and this may provide an explanation for the allegations being made against you.
Important tips for those accused of a sexual offence
If you have been accused of a sexual offence, you are likely to be stressed and confused. To this end, we have prepared the following list of tips to help you protect your legal rights:
Do not talk to the police— at least not until you have consulted with Kings Solicitors first.
Any response you make to the police at the outset is likely to be influenced by the stress and embarrassment of being accused of a sexual offence. It is important to seek advice immediately from Specialist Criminal Defence Solicitors such as Kings Solicitors who are experienced and expert at providing advice in all sexual offences.
The police do not have your best interests at heart and are merely trying to build a case against you. Do not speak with the police until you have consulted with Kings Solicitors. Our advice and assistance at the police station is free and can make the difference between being released with no further action or being charged to attend court
Do not speak to anyone about the allegations — it would be wise to take it a step further—do not discuss the sexual offences allegations or circumstances surrounding it with anyone besides Kings Solicitors. The police may interview those close to you in an effort to gather evidence against you. It is best not to make any statements concerning the allegations because it could harm your defence.
Immediately contact Kings Solicitors — as soon as you have been charged with a sexual offence, or even when you suspect you may be, it is crucial that you immediately instruct Kings Solicitors.
If you are charged, proceedings will move quickly and aggressively against you. By instructing Kings Solicitors as soon as possible, you are giving yourself the best chance of a successful defence. One of our expert criminal defence Solicitors will immediately set out working on your defence. This can make the difference between an acquittal and a conviction. Do not gamble with your future.
Realise the seriousness of the charges — all too often, individuals charged with sexual offences believe that because they are innocent, there is no possibility of conviction; or think that the prosecution has no case, so there is no need to worry.
This kind of attitude can result in conviction. The reality is that innocent people can be convicted of sexual offences. A sexual offense charge is always a serious matter. It should never be taken lightly. Your best defence will always be instructing an experienced, aggressive sexual offences defence Solicitor at Kings Solicitors as soon as possible.
Possible defences against sexual offence allegations
We at Kings Solicitors will examine the facts of your case and identify a defence for your particular circumstances. The following is a list of the most common defence strategies against sexual offences:
Reveal the complainant’s illicit motive — one possible defence is to uncover the illicit motivation behind the complainant’s allegations. This may include a failed relationship, an attempt to cover up guilt after consensual sex, divorce or custody disputes, manipulation of children, etc. Kings Solicitors will thoroughly investigate your case and uncover if the complainant has an illicit motive.
Challenge the evidence — this can include attempts to exclude evidence because it was unlawfully obtained or instruct experts to examine the evidence. Challenges to the physical evidence against you can prove crucial to your defence, as police officers must comply with stringent standards for the collection and preservation of evidence.
Expose false witness evidence — this defence is particularly suited for child abuse allegations. Children are highly susceptible to biased or suggestive interviewing. A child’s evidence can be challenged if the child has been exposed to the above type of interviewing. Kings Solicitors will uncover potential biased evidence obtained in this way and seek to exclude it.
Kings Solicitors aggressively defend sexual offences allegations.
Kings Solicitors has experience of defending clients facing any sexual offences. We at Kings Solicitors understand the seriousness of sexual offence allegations and will start work on your defence immediately.
Kings Solicitors will work tirelessly to expose the weakness of the prosecution case and do whatever is required to prove your innocence.
Types of Sexual Offences
- Sexual offences possession of indecent images of children
- Assault by penetration
- Sexual assault
- Causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent
- Sexual activity with a child
- Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child
- Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence
- Meeting a child following sexual grooming
- Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder
- Indecent photographs of persons aged 16 or 17
- Administering a substance with intent
- Committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence
- Trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence
- Intercourse with an animal
- Sexual penetration of a corpse
- Sexual activity in a public lavatory