Sexual OffencesMeet the team
An accusation of a sexual offence can prove devastating for the individual who has been blamed, affecting everything from their career and liberty, to their relationships. If you’ve been accused of a sexual offence, DPP Law’s experienced sexual offence solicitors will help you clear your name and prevent your information from being spread.
DPP Law’s specialist sexual offences solicitors have over 30 years of experience. We challenge witness statements, re-examine the evidence and work closely with you to provide a true version of the events in question. We aim to disprove all untrue claims and fight for any damages you may be due.
Sexual offences constitute a broad field covering everything from the unsolicited creation and distribution of images to physical sexual contact or assault. Depending on the nature and severity of the crime in question, sexual offences sentencing guidelines state that an individual found guilty can be punishable by anything from a Criminal Behaviour Order to life in prison.
Many of the sexual offence cases DPP Law have successfully handled have seen individuals face allegations of:
- Rape or attempted rape
- Stalking or harassment
- Creating or distributing indecent images
- Indecent assault or indecent exposure
I’ve been wrongly accused of a sexual offence. What do I do now?
If you are being falsely accused of a sexual offence – whether you’re facing historic sexual abuse accusations or allegations of recent sexual offences – you should seek assistance from reputable sex crime solicitors immediately. You should then begin to safely gather as much evidence as you can – from CCTV footage to texts, emails and audio or video recordings – that you can then offer to your solicitors as material that may help them to build your defence.
Will I have to appear in court?
You will only be required to appear in court if you have been formally charged. For offences that are considered more minor, your case is likely to be heard at the Magistrates Court and will be over in a matter of months at most, depending on your plea. For more serious offences, it will be the Crown Court. Cases of this kind can take up to a year to be heard, so be sure to make contact with experienced sexual assault solicitors to make the process as easy as possible.
Can I protect my identity if accused of a sexual offence?
If you have not yet been charged, you can request that the police do not release your identity. However, in circumstances where the alleged offence was particularly severe, or the police deem it within the public interest to release your information, you may not be able to remain anonymous. Once you are charged, you have no right to anonymity in a sexual offence case.
Is there a time limit on historic sexual abuse investigations and charges?
What are the claim time limits for damages as a result of false allegations of sexual offences?
Individuals claiming for sexual offences are usually given a limit of three years to do so, but older cases may be considered at the court’s discretion.
Those planning to claim damages for the false accusation of a sexual offence must first wait until their name has been legally cleared of wrongdoing before they may begin proceedings.
When you choose DPP Law for legal assistance and representation, you will be assured:
- Guaranteed confidentiality at all times
- A comprehensive check of forensics and evidence records
- Sensitive expert advice
Being accused of a sexual crime is an exceptionally serious matter. To protect your reputation and clear your name, get in touch with DPP Law today for expert legal advice and assistance.