Sexual offence cases have become more prominent in recent years due to increased media attention and high profile cases like Operation Yewtree, which revealed a large cover up of historic *** offences carried out by celebrities decades prior to the operation being launched. This increased awareness of such crimes has led to a rise in accusations, which in turn has led to an increased reliance on *** offences solicitors to get people through the complex process.
Due to the sensitive nature of *** offences and the complexities involved in providing evidence, they are taken very seriously by the courts. If you are accused of a *** offence of any kind then your life will be significantly affected regardless of whether your case ends in a conviction. While a prison sentence is very likely in cases like this, enlisting expert help can lead to a better outcome.
The following details the types of *** offences under UK law and what they constitute. If you are accused of any of these offences, whether it’s for possession of indecent images in London, harassment in Birmingham or rape in the South West, experienced and supportive solicitors will be able to help you no matter what stage of the process you’re currently in.
The offence of indecent images refers to possession of child *** ography or indecent images of children. Naturally this offence is taken very seriously by the courts and the maximum sentence for possession of indecent images in the Crown Court is 10 years. The nature of the crime means that it can either be dealt with by the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court, but the severity of the offence means that it’s usually a Crown Court matter.
If you have been accused of possession of indecent images, the prosecution must be able to prove that you possess photographs that are indecent and that the photographs depict persons under the age of 18. In this case, photographs refer to physical copies, digital copies that can be stored on a computer, and videos.
Rape & Assault by Penetration
Rape is the most serious *** offence and one of the most complicated areas of the law. Being accused of rape is incredibly serious and will have a huge impact on your life, so it’s important that your representation is able to act with dignity and discretion whilst speaking on your behalf through each step of the process. The offence of rape is heavily reliant on the individual circumstances of each case, and a good solicitor needs to understand all of the issues present as well as the laws surrounding it.
If you are accused of rape the prosecution must prove that you:
- Deliberately penetrated an orifice of another person with your penis;
- That the other person did not consent to that penetration;
- That you did not reasonably believe that the person has consented to that penetration.
Rape cases are a Crown Court matter every time due to the seriousness of the offence and the maximum sentence in the event of a conviction is a life sentence.
Assault by Penetration is similar to the offence of rape but instead refers to *** motivated penetration by something other than *** without consent. Again, this is a very serious offence and requires the best possible representation.
Sexual offences of any kind are deeply serious and so should be dealt with the utmost professionalism and discretion. Stephen Lickrish & Associates are experienced *** offence solicitors in Manchester who have dealt with clients accused of the full range of *** offences. They understand the sensitivity required with these cases and will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you are well-defended in court.
As well as providing representation for *** offences, they also have experience in defending the following case types:
- Fraud – Benefit fraud, Tax fraud and Mortgage Fraud;
- Money Laundering
If you’ve been accused of *** offences in the North West or anywhere else in the country, you can contact Stephen Lickrish & Associates on 0161 237 1913 for advice. Alternatively you can call 0800 988 64 22, their free 24 hour legal advice line.