What is a sexual offence?
Sexual offence covers a variety of offences including rape, sexual assault, offences against children and the possession and distribution of indecent images. If you are being investigated, the police should specify clearly the accused offence.
Most sexual offences are outlined by the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which covers offences against both adults and children.
Types of offences:
This is where the offender intentionally sexually touched a person who did not consent, and the offender does not reasonably believe consent had taken place.
The maximum sentence for sexual assault is 10 years.
Assault by penetration
This offence is where the vagina or anus of a person was penetrated without consent by an individual for sexual intent whether using a part of their own body or something else.
The maximum sentence is life imprisonment
This is defined by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 as an offence where a male
– intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis,
– the victim does not consent to the penetration, and
– the offender does not reasonably believe that the victim consents.
The maximum sentence is life imprisonment.
Revenge Porn has caught more attention in the media and amongst the public with the rise of social media, pornographic websites and technology. It is an offence to share private, sexual materials (photos or videos) of another person without their consent with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.
This offence covers online and offline offences, as well as sharing images electronically whether by sending images on a WhatsApp group chat, uploading to a website, or showing someone else in person the image on your own phone.
The maximum sentence is 2 years imprisonment for this offence.
This is an offence where images, videos or data which can be converted to the former two is possessed, distributed or produced of a child under the age of 18. The law also expands this law to cover animals.
There are three categories of this offence:
• Category A: Explicit material involving penetration, sexual activity with an animal or sadism.
• Category B: Explicit material that is non-penetrative sexual activity.
• Category C: Explicit material involving erotic posing.
The sentence for the offenses very depending on the category.
We have a range of experiences when it comes to defending clients accused of sexual offences. We can help on a range of matters including and not limited to;
• Sexual Assault
• Abuse of a position of trust
• Child sex offences
• Indecent exposure
• Historic sexual offences
• Administering a substance intending to commit a sexual offence
• Prostitution related offences
• Possession of indecent images
• Revenge Porn
Sexual offence cases have become very technical. If you, a family member or a friend has been arrested for a sexual offence allegation it is essential you contact Mi solicitors immediately, even if you are innocent.
We advise both individuals and organisations, have vital experience in such cases and understand the impact an allegation can have. We will ensure you are given expert legal advice and handle your case carefully. We provide police station representation, prepare your case for trials, provide you with a strong defence in court and cross-exam the claimant with our expertise and help protect your reputation.