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Understanding the process following a sexual offence allegation
27 Jul 2022

A sexual offence allegation can have severe implications for the rest of your life. It is important to make sure that you seek expert legal advice if you believe that you have found yourself in a situation where a sexual offence allegation may be made against you. Call us at ABV Solicitors today for a discreet consultation. We can help you understand what to expect and advise accordingly. If you have been called in for questioning or been placed under arrest, then it is important that you contact us at ABV Solicitors immediately so that we can delegate a sexual offence solicitor for your case.

Initial stages

The initial stages of your case are very important in determining whether or not you are charged, and our sexual offence solicitor will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your assistance. We will be present with you during the interview to help ease your nerves and make sure that you do not implicate yourself any further in the situation. For a sexual offence allegation, the police will carry out a risk assessment to determine whether you are allowed to return to the community.

Investigation and bail

You may be released under investigation, arrested and released under police bail with strict conditions or arrested and remanded in custody. If you are charged, then our sexual offence solicitor will apply for bail so that you can be released from custody whilst the police investigate your case. During this time, you may need to visit the station for further interviews and be asked to return to answer bail, and if the investigation finds evidence against you, then you may be arrested. If you are charged, you will have to go to court.

Sexual offence cases are mainly seen in the Magistrates’ Court and then sent to the Crown Court, depending on the nature of the offence. If you are sentenced, you will either receive a community order, a suspended sentence or a custodial sentence. Again, this depends on the nature of the offence, and the role of our sexual offence solicitor is to ensure that you receive the minimum sentence possible for your situation.

Sex offenders register

If the police decide not to charge you, you may be released pending no further action or receive a formal police caution. If you receive a caution or are convicted for a sexual offence, then your name will be on the sex offenders register, and depending on the nature of the offence, this can range from a year to indefinite notification. Unfortunately, this will have a negative impact on all aspects of your life. Rest assured, we are here to help you. Here at ABV Solicitors, we have experience in dealing with high-profile sexual offence cases, including rape, sexual assault, sex trafficking and child sexual abuse. We will use our extensive knowledge and expertise to help achieve the most positive outcome for your situation. We have been recognised as one of the top teams of criminal defence solicitors in the country, and our sexual offence solicitor will offer their expert guidance and representation throughout the process.

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