A sexual accusation can mean more than the fear of legal proceedings. Reputation damage and the stigma of the offence make these cases even more difficult. You have a right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. It is our job to make sure that you get the result that matters.
Sexual offences cases are very specialised
The legal rules of evidence and procedure are different to normal criminal cases. Witnesses often give live evidence by videolink outside court, and may not have to answer questions about their past or background.
The skills required to win can be also very different. Showing the jury in a subtle and diplomatic way that a witness is clearly lying is often more effective than simply being aggressive from the start. Of course, at the right stages in the case, there will always be a need for an attack minded approach.
Different sexual offences can result in varying types of sentence
A low level indecent images case or unlawful sexual contact case between minors might result in a community type sentence. An offence involving non-consent or an offence against children can mean a low to medium length prison sentence. In the more serious cases, sentences of ten or twenty years may be more common.
Being naive is the biggest mistake an accused person can make
It’s dangerous to just assume that the truth will come out if you are honest and tell your side of the story. People who do this sadly often find out too late that the system is set up to work against the accused person.
It is absolutely essential for you to try to take a hands on approach in your own case. You or your family should pick your own legal team and work together with them. It’s not easy, but it’s the only way.