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A conviction for sexual offences, no matter how small, can have a devastating impact on your family, business and future career prospects. If you are accused of committing any form of sexual offence then it is essential to seek expert legal representation as soon as possible. At Minton Morrill, our specialist sexual assault solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with such cases.
Rape is the most serious form of sexual assault and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Rape cases can only be heard in the Crown Court. Rape can be committed by and against a man or a woman, with anyone who assists them in the act liable to be prosecuted as an accessory to the crime. Rape does not have to be committed against a stranger – marital or spousal rape is a criminal offence and a form of domestic violence.
In cases of gang rape, joint enterprise laws can apply, meaning that someone could be liable for a rape charge if they were present and did nothing to prevent the attack, even if they did not actually take part.
Other types of sexual offence can include child abuse, groping, indecent exposure, and sexual assault. Sentences depend on the nature of the offence and the age of those it was committed against, but can include a prison sentence and being required to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Being convicted of or posing a significant risk of committing a sexual offence can lead to an application aimed at preventing someone from working with children or vulnerable adults or carrying out other activities. These orders are known as Sexual Prevention Orders and can impact on how someone is able to live their life in order to ensure others are protected.
It is also an offence to download (often referred to as ‘making’) and possess indecent images of children, regardless of whether they are real or digitally modified. Conviction can result in a prison sentence, depending on the severity and volume of the images, and being required to sign the sex offenders’ register.
At Minton Morrill, we are experienced in representing clients accused of all types of sexual offence and can provide the advice and guidance you need if you are facing allegations of this nature.
To find out how our specialist solicitors in Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England can help you, please contact us.
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