Sexual Offences MEET THE TEAM

  • Can we ensure confidentiality?

    We are obliged under the rules laid down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to maintain the confidentiality of all our clients’ information regardless of the offence.

    Further to this obligation, we ensure confidentiality because we understand the damage that allegations of sexual offences can cause to a person’s life and because we have represented many clients who have been falsely accused of these offences.

  • How can DPP Law help?

    Due to the experience our solicitors have in dealing with the sexual offence charges, DPP Law understands that being charged with such offences causes a major disruption in the lives of those charged, the victims and the families of both.

    Our role and duty is to represent clients who are charged with these offences and help them to construct the best defence possible in law. Therefore, we will challenge the witness statements, check the forensics and examine all the evidence in the case with the objective of providing the best defence for our client.

  • Grooming

    Grooming requires there to have been meetings or communications between a defendant and a child on at least 2 occasions. This is covered under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and is where on or offline communication leads to the defendant arranging to meet the child for the purposes of carrying out an offence, such as sexual intercourse.

    The offence does not have to take place. This means that travelling and intending to commit an offence is enough to constitute grooming and can lead to someone being put on the Sex Offender Register.

  • Sexual Assault

    The elements of sexual assault are:

    1. X intentionally touches another person;
    2. The touching is sexual;
    3. The other person does not consent to the touching, and
    4. X does not reasonably believe that the other person consents.
  • Assault by penetration

    The elements of assault by penetration are:

    1. X intentionally penetrates the vagina or anus of another person with a part of their body or anything else;
    2. The penetration is sexual;
    3. The other person does not consent to the penetration, and
    4. X does not reasonably believe that the other person consents.
  • Rape

    There are 3 elements of rape:

    1. X intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis;
    2. The other person does not consent to the penetration, and
    3. X does not reasonably believe that the other person consents.

    This is a crime of basic intent, which means that drunkenness is in no way a defence.

  • Sexual Offences Lawyer

    DPP Law has specialist sexual offence solicitors who have years of experience in defending clients in sexual offence cases. These include the offences of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault, grooming, paedophilia offences, child abuse and child pornography offences.

    Please see below to gain an understanding of the specific actions that constitute some of these offences and how our sexual offences lawyer can help you.