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A brief guide to non-custodial sentences from a sexual offence solicitor at ABV Solicitors
14 Oct 2020

If you have found yourself on the receiving end of a sexual assault allegation, it can be a very daunting time.

While many people who are accused of such things often think of the worst-case scenarios in relation to sentencing, with the complexity of the law surrounding such allegations in the UK, it is rarely an open and shut case.

Depending on the severity of the alleged offence and of course, whether you are found guilty or not will have a profound impact on any sentence that you receive. Of course, if you are found innocent, then no sentence will be given but if you are found guilty of sexual assault without violent intent or extenuating circumstances, then it is unlikely that you will serve any prison time.

At ABV Solicitors, our sexual offence solicitor always strives to get all of our clients the minimum sentence possible in relation to sexual offences. We will provide you with advice on your legal case, your rights and of course, the rights of your family. We will always keep your information confidential and will keep you informed every step of the way.

In relation to sentences for less serious sexual offences, what are they and what do they typically involve? Our sexual offence solicitor answers these questions and more below.

Community orders

In relation to the seriousness of the offence for which you have been charged, our sexual offence solicitor will be able to predict the length and requirements of a community order.

As the name suggests, a community order is a non-custodial sentence which is served in the community, which may involve attending drug cessation clinics, psychiatric sessions or performing community service. In relation to sexual assault, these orders typically involve a period of rehabilitation, which can include counselling or group therapy work.

Do I have to perform the task assigned by the court?

In a word, yes.

Remember, a community order is not a get out of jail free card and is designed to stop you from reoffending in the future. Therefore, if our team at ABV Solicitors helps you to avoid prison with a community order, you must follow it to avoid imprisonment.

Is my community service based on the offence committed?

If you are given community service as part of your community order, then based on the seriousness of the sexual offence and other factors linked to your mental state, physical ability etc, you will be given more or fewer hours to serve in the community/

For instance, for a minimally offensive assault, you may be required to attend a therapeutic programme and to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. For more serious offences, the hours of work will increase and there may be other provisions imposed.

Will I be fined?

This additional punishment will be up to the discretion of the judge who gives you the community order. However, you may be fined alongside having to perform unpaid work, community service and attending therapeutic programmes for your rehabilitation.

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