Sexual offences are considered among the most serious of crimes and there have been many cases where people have been falsely accused.
A conviction can lead to your reputation being destroyed and a lengthy prison sentence.
Therefore, you must have an experienced, talented, well-connected Sexual Offences Solicitor on your side. And as one of the most highly recommended Criminal Solicitors in Coventry and Warwickshire, you can be confident that we will fight tenaciously to prove your innocence.
We have successfully advised and represented clients accused of:
- Sexual assault
- Child sex offences
- Revenge porn
- Indecent exposure
We are a diverse, multi-lingual law firm based in Coventry, our solicitors use best-in-class technology to provide clients with a streamlined, modern, and highly effective criminal defence. Furthermore, our solicitors have years of experience in criminal law means we have created relationships with some of the UK’s best Barristers and King’s Counsel. Our clients also benefit from our ability to instruct the country’s most respected expert witnesses who can provide the Court with the facts required to support a not guilty plea or mitigate the sentence handed down by a Judge.
Advising and representing people accused of committing a criminal offence
We are highly recommended as an expert Criminal Defence Law Firm for people accused of committing a crime. Our Coventry and Midland based solicitors provide 24/7 police station representation. Therefore, we will be at your side, protecting your interests from the start. Because we understand the correct procedure the police must follow when making an arrest, we will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding you being detained and get the charges dropped if proper processes were not complied with.
Our criminal law team has in-depth experience in defending serious criminal charges including sex offences. We work with the country’s top expert witnesses and focus on providing you with advice and representation you can trust. We know that your reputation, your freedom, and your family’s financial security is at stake – therefore, we never give up until every appeal has been exhausted.
Below are several common questions clients ask us concerning sex offences.
What is rape?
To prove rape, the Prosecution must show:
- the Defendant (A) penetrated the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person (B) with his penis,
- B did not consent, and
- A did not reasonably believe that B consented.
The biggest challenge the Prosecution have is proving lack of consent. Legislation states:
“Whether a belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps A (the alleged offender), has taken to ascertain whether B (the other person) consents”.
If you have been called into a police station to answer questions regarding an allegation of rape, it is vital to contact us immediately and say nothing until one of our Solicitors arrives. A majority of rape allegations are not prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS); therefore, it is crucial to say nothing until we get there and provide police station representation. The maximum sentence for rape is life imprisonment; however, the average sentence handed down is eight years in custody. One in seven rape convictions receives a sentence of fewer than four years in jail.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault ranges from inappropriate touching through to a life-threatening attack. The maximum penalty is a 10-year prison sentence.
Like rape, the Prosecution must prove A intended to touch B sexually, B did not consent, and A did not reasonably believe B consented.
Case law has made clear that drunken intent is still intent.
Our Sexual Offence Solicitors will instruct expert witnesses to examine the details of the alleged assault and provide evidence of lack of intent and/or that the other person provided consent.
Can you help me if I have been accused of sexually molesting a child?
Being accused of sexually assaulting a child is extremely traumatic for everyone involved. You can feel isolated and ashamed, and your mental health may suffer. In many cases, allegations of child sexual abuse date back many years.
The most important thing to remember is we are on your side, fighting to prove your innocence. We will unearth every scrap of evidence and ensure it is presented to the Judge and Jury in a persuasive manner that stands up against the toughest of cross-examinations.
Why choose us?
Regardless of the charges against you, you are entitled to a criminal defence. We do not judge our clients; our only objective is to defend you against the Prosecution’s allegations. You can be confident that by instructing us to defend you, your chances of acquittal or a reduced sentence are greatly improved. The most important factor is to contact us as soon as you become aware of the criminal allegations.
To receive expert advice and representation regarding sexual offences, please contact us using the form below.
Meet your 'Sexual Offences' specialists
Based in our city centre offices in Coventry, here’s our team to guide you through your legal needs.
Depending upon the complexity we are able to offer fixed fees in some cases. In other cases our solicitors charge the following hourly rate:
- Partner/Member SolicitorHourly rate of £265 + VAT
- Senior Solicitor or Head of Dept: (PQE 8yr+)Hourly rate of £240 + VAT
- Assistant Solicitor/Fee Earner (PQE 3/7yr)Hourly rate of £215 + VAT
- Newly Qualified Fee Earner (PQE 1/3yr)Hourly rate of £185 + VAT
- Paralegals/TraineesHourly rate of £135 + VAT
- Support ParalegalsHourly rate of £115 + VAT