Our People Cases
News Insights Contact
Home Our People Cases
News Insights Contact

“This is one of the UK’s top fraud and regulatory specialist law firms”

Legal 500

“They are an exceptionally talented firm of specialist practitioners, formidable in their own right”

Legal 500

“The level of expertise at ABV was beyond excellent”

Chambers UK

“They are efficient and always respond quickly”

Chambers UK

“ABV have established themselves as a top legal services provider in the white collar crime and serious fraud”

Legal 500

contact us
by email
What to expect if you have been accused of a crime of a sexual nature
26 Feb 2020

Having sexual offence allegations enforced upon you is linked to complicated legal procedures that you should not undergo without the assistance of a sexual offence solicitor.

We offer our services to perpetrators who have been accused of these serious crimes. This includes helping them understand the crime they may or may not have committed, while providing advice on their plea, and supplying them with the best defence team should their case go to trial.

Due to the case being highly sensitive, our legal team comprises highly experienced and capable lawyers. We promise to treat your circumstances with the strictest confidentiality, professionalism, and empathy.

In this article, we will look at the stages involved in being first accused by a complainant, to being prosecuted before a jury if found guilty.

What is a sexual offence?

There is a broad spectrum of listed sexual offences, ranging from rape and sexual assault to sexual grooming and child pornography.

Due to the nature of these crimes, the lawyer defending the accused must be equipped with specialist skills, as such offences differ from general, non-sexual crimes.

The accused must conduct himself or herself adequately, providing evidence and co-operating with the authorities, which is one of the reasons why having an experienced solicitor for the sexual offence as your defence is crucial.

You have been told about the charges, what happens next?

Often, people accused of these crimes may be arrested without prior notice. If, or when, this happens, knowing your rights and acting on them is imperative.

Firstly, you have the right to remain silent. Utilise this right until you have your sexual offence solicitor present because whatever you say could implicate you further.

Secondly, you have a right to a lawyer. It is important to note that duty solicitors are available around the clock. Do not proceed with an interview until you are advised by the sex offence solicitor and know excatly what to expect by being questioned in this regard.

Even if you do not want a lawyer because you are claiming your innocence, it is advisable to have someone at your side who is knowledgeable about the law and who can protect your legal rights.

What should I not do under these circumstances?

If you believe you have been falsely accused, you should not reach out to your complainant or conduct an enquiry into the matter.

Instead, provide your sexual offence solicitor with all the information that might help to strengthen your case, for example, text messages, videos, and images shared between you and your accuser.

During the critical stages of the investigation, be careful about what you say. Seemingly uncircumstantial comments could unwittingly implicate you.

A step-by-step process on how we can help

At the police station, our lawyers will inform you which questions you should answer, and how to answer them correctly.

During the preliminary investigation, we will gather evidence and seek out a witness who may help your case.

During this time, we will also provide documentation on why you should not be charged and why you should be found not guilty. If it proves highly likely that you may be convicted, we will argue for a reduced sentence if there are mitigating circumstances present.

Inevitably, your case will land up in court. If, or when, this happens, we will thoroughly examine all details, identify possible inconsistencies, and prepare your case meticulously.

FAQS about sexual offence crimes

Understanding consent: it could be their word against yours