Types of Sexual offences our solicitors and lawyers can assist with.
Our specialist Sexual offence related solicitors and lawyers have decades of experience representing clients in relation to a wide range of Sexual offence charges. We can offer detailed knowledge of these complex offences and the various opportunities to avoid charges, see charges dropped or secure the minimum penalties where conviction is unavoidable.
We can also advise on issues relating to Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs), Sexual Risk Orders (SROs), Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPOs) and other matters relating to the Sex Offenders Register.
Our sexual offence solicitors will tenaciously fight your corner. They will act for you with discretion and in the strictest of confidence. If for example we are contacted by members of your family, the complainants, your employer or the press, we won’t and indeed can’t, disclose anything about your case, unless of course, you ask us to. You can, therefore, talk to us in the strictest confidence.
What constitutes a sexual offence?
The term sexual offence covers a variety of specific offences including rape, sexual assault, offences against children and the possession and distribution of indecent images. The police should always be very specific about which type of sexual offence you are being accused of.
What is the Sexual Offences Act?
Most sexual offences are defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which came into force on 1st May 2004. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 consolidated previous legislation to update and strengthen the law.
What are the main types of sexual offences?
- Rape– It is an offence for a male to penetrate with his penis a male or female in the vagina, anus or mouth without their consent. Rape carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
- Assault by Penetration– it is an offence to penetrate the vagina or anus of another person without their consent, using a part of the body or anything else, for sexual intent.
- Sexual Assault– It is an offence to intentionally touch another person sexually, without their consent. Sexual assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
- Causing sexual activity without consent– It is an offence to cause or encourage another to engage in sexual activity without their consent.