Sexual Offences Lawyers London UK
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We Are Lawyers Specialising In Sexual Offences
As lawyers specialising in sexual offences, we have over 15 years of experience in this area of law. Our lawyers regularly defend sexual offence cases and offer around-the-clock legal representation for police investigations. We also provide advice on early pre-charge engagement; this can lead to a successful outcome. As in all of our dealings with our clients, any consultation for any offence will be in the strictest of confidence.
What Are The Most Common Sexual Offences We Handle?
Rape: s1 – Sexual Offences Act 2003
Rape is one of the most reported sexual assaults. Acquaintance rape is the most common, whereby the complainant knows the suspect.
The Office for National Statistics states a new record of 61,158 rape reports being made in the year ending June 2021, accounting for 37% of all sexual offences recorded by the police.
The legal definition of rape is when a person intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis without consent. Consent is defined by section 74 Sexual Offences Act 2003 as ‘agreement by choice’, ‘freedom’ and ‘capacity’ to make that choice.
A person guilty of rape under this section is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. This is a grave offence and has the same penalty as murder.
Sexual Assault by Penetration: s2 – Sexual Offences Act 2003
The law states that a person is guilty of this offence if they intentionally penetrate the vagina or anus of another with part of their body or anything else, the penetration is sexual, the other party does not consent, and there is no reasonable belief that they do.
Whether the belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps taken to ascertain consent. A person guilty of this offence is liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life.
Sexual Assault by Touching: s3 – Sexual Offences Act 2003
A suspect commits an offence if they intentionally touch another, the touching is sexual, the other party does not consent to the touching, and the suspect does not reasonably believe that consent is given
A person who is guilty of this offence is liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine. On conviction on indictment, to imprisonment, for a term not exceeding 10 years.
Exposure: s66 – Sexual Offences Act 2003
Indecent Exposure, legally known as Exposure, requires a person to expose their genitals intentionally and intend that someone will see them and, therefore, be caused alarm or distress. It is a crime of ‘specific intent.’
Exposure is a triable either-way offence, meaning it can be heard in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. A person convicted of an offence under this section is liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment, for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine. On conviction on indictment, to imprisonment, for a term not exceeding 2 years. There may also be a requirement to sign on the sex offenders register.
Other Sexual Offences We Can Defend
We also handle the following sexual offences listed, which include but are not limited to:
- Causing sexual activity without consent
- Rape and other offences against children under 13
- Child sex offences
- Abuse of position of trust
- Familial child sex offences
- Offences against persons with a mental disorder impeding choice
- Inducements etc. to persons with a mental disorder
- Care workers for persons with a mental disorder
- Indecent images of children (See related article)
- Sexual exploitation of children
- Sex with an adult relative
- Other offences, including exposure and voyeurism
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