What do I do if I have been accused of a sexual offence?
Sexual offence cases are more emotive and personal than any other type of allegation. We promise to handle your case sensitively, confidentially and pro-actively. We will never pre-judge you and we will assess the case against you, help you to gather the evidence to support your case and provide you with clear and honest advice. Old Bailey Solicitors have significant experience in successfully defending allegations of sexual offences and will fight your corner from the very first stages of the investigation.
Some cases will involve a simple factual dispute whilst others will require expert evidence: whether computer evidence in an internet pornography case, psychological evidence in an allegation of childhood abuse, or straightforward forensic evidence in a stranger rape case. We will look to challenge the prosecution case in accordance with your instructions.
Rod Hayler, Karen Brookes and Brian Aldred have enjoyed notable successes on behalf of clients facing serious sexual allegations in recent years. Rod has saved many of his clients from prison where lengthy sentences seemed inevitable. Karen has enjoyed a significant run of acquittals on behalf of clients falsely accused of rape or other sexual assaults. As one of our specialist, in-house trial advocates, Brian has secured against-the-odds acquittals in a number of difficult and tense rape cases.
We know that a conviction for a sexual offence can have life changing consequences for our clients and that even the most minor of allegations can result in stigma or a client being forced from their home. Social Services may become involved in cases where children are at home and, if convicted, the Sex Offenders’ Register will become relevant, sometimes for life. Also, the court will consider imposing a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which may have a dramatic impact on a client’s ability to access the internet and to associate with certain members of their family. At all stages we look to safeguard your interests and to defend your case robustly.
Contact one of our specialist team by email here or by calling 020 7846 4999.
What do I do if I have been accused of Rape?
At Old Bailey Solicitors we understand that rape cases are very rarely straight forward. The vast majority of allegations are made by a complainant who is known to the accused. Many cases involve married couples or people in long term relationships. Others involve people who have only just met or historic allegations of incidents years ago.
If you have been accused of rape, specialist legal advice is essential at an early stage in the case. Old Bailey Solicitors will not shy away from asking difficult, and sometimes, uncomfortable questions. We know that it is your life and future on the line and we will defend your case vigorously.
Your case will be handled by one of our senior lawyers and we will instruct a trial advocate with a proven track record of experience and success in cases of this nature. We understand that chances cannot be taken when you’re facing this kind of allegation which is why we aim to get it right the first time.
What do I do if I have been charged with Possession of Indecent Images of Children?
If you are facing investigation or charge for possession of indecent images of children, you should obtain specialist legal advice straight away. Whether you intend to contest the allegations or you are prepared to accept some wrongdoing, Old Bailey Solicitors will be able to assist you.
With the relentless growth of the internet over the last 20 years’ has emerged a form of offending which barely existed at the start of that period. The making (possession), distribution and production of indecent images of children, accessed online, has become far more prevalent than most people would imagine. These cases often involve the police, acting on intelligence information, swooping on an alleged perpetrator’s home and seizing all of his internet devices (including laptops, tablets, phones, hard drives etc). After a brief interview, the suspect can then spend months, often more than a year, waiting for their devices to be forensically examined. If any unlawful images are found, charges will be brought and the case will proceed to the crown court, in almost all instances. The consequences of a conviction will be profound but, with early, considered advice, a prison sentence is not always inevitable.
Rod Hayler has considerable experience in this area. Rod has been instructed to defend and to mitigate in countless cases involving indecent images of children across the country. For Rod’s article, “Indecent Images – 10 things you should know” click here.
Can Old Bailey Solicitors help me with other sexual offences?
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 significantly updated the law in this area and it now provides for the majority of offences with a sexual element. However, many cases of a historical nature are investigated by the police each year and these cases will often involve legislation passed in the 1950’s or earlier.
If you are facing allegations of a sexual nature, historical or otherwise, request an appointment with a member of our experienced team. It doesn’t matter whether you have already been interviewed by the police or whether you have already received some legal advice. We will provide you with a considered and objective assessment of your case and advise you how best to defend yourself. Contact us by email here or call 020 7846 4999.