Sexual offences can heavily impact those who are involved surrounding the crime. They can destroy relationships with friends and family, affect your social reputation and ruin your professional career, finances and any job prospects in the future. Whether you have been accused of an offence or you have been a victim of an offence it is important to contact an experienced sexual offence solicitor immediately to help deal with the complications that such cases usually involve.
The role of a sexual offence solicitor
Sexual offences are dealt with very severely and crimes include sexual assault, rape, sexual incidents involving children, pornography and prostitution. The term sexual offence is a broad term and without the knowledge and expertise of a sexual offence solicitor it is an extremely complicated and traumatic situation to find yourself in. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 explains what type of criminal activities are included under the term sexual offence in detail. If you are called in for questioning over a sexual allegation then the police will inform you of the type of allegation they have against you and this will determine the severity of the case. It is important to contact your solicitor immediately before speaking to the police or authorities that are involved. Your solicitor will discuss the situation with you and it is important that you are as transparent as possible with your solicitor who will treat the issue sensitively and confidentially and provide friendly and professional advice with your best interests in mind at all times.
Without the presence of a solicitor it is easy to become flustered and confused and panic under pressure which can result in further complications for the case. The solicitor is aware of the tactics and procedures used in such questioning and will help ease the process and ensure that you are aware of your rights in such situations. They will help fill out all the necessary documentation and paperwork quickly and correctly to prevent lengthening the process any more than necessary. The solicitor will help collate as much evidence as they can to present the case in the most positive light possible and will use their knowledge and expertise to fight for a positive outcome in the courtroom if necessary.
Protecting your rights and privacy
Sexual offences can often draw the attention of the media for both parties involved. This can be a distressing and embarrassing situation to be caught up in and can have further detrimental effects on family relationships and other aspects of life. By contacting the sexual offence solicitor immediately such situations can be avoided, as the solicitor will help ensure that the public image of the client is protected and the case is kept away from media scrutiny and other factors which may increase the negativity surrounding the case. Cases which are involved with a child sexual offence are of an extremely sensitive nature and the solicitor will help ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times and that the situation is dealt with expertly and professionally to ensure the best possible outcome for you.