There are a number of different offences under the Sexual Offences act of 2003.
If you have been charged with an offence of a sexual nature, you will require a solicitor with a firm grasp of this complex area.
Interviews at the police station for sex offences can be difficult. Before an interview about a sexual offence you need expert advice. I will attend a police station interview to provide you with that expert advice.
Being arrested for a sexual offence is an extremely difficult experience which can affect your relationships with loved ones as well as your wider reputation. I have experience of helping people falsely accused of offences such as rape, as well as helping others through the legal process.
Types of sexual offences
There are a number of different sexual offences with which it is possible to be charged, with new ones being added recently. Specific sexual offences also exist involving children at the age levels of under 13, 16 and 18.
Common offences include:
- Rape (including date rape)
- Assault by penetration
- Sexual assault
- Abuse of children
- Causing sexual activity without consent
- Meeting a child following sexual grooming
- Abuse of position of trust offences
- Paedophile offences against children
- Child pornography
- Child prostitution
- Familial child sex offences (including incest offences)
Sexual offences and Consent
In practice, most cases of alleged sexual assault or rape will revolve around the idea of consent.
It is up to the relevant parties to try and show that consent did or did not exist. It may also be relevant to show that the accuser was in a position to give consent, for example in cases where alcohol or drugs may be involved.
In cases where consent did not exist, it may still be possible to mount a defence on the basis that the accused had ‘reasonable belief’ that consent did exist.
Contact me to discuss your case.