The effects of a sexual offence accusation
There are a range of different crimes which can be classified under sexual offences and these range from sexual assault and rape, to child abuse and pornography. Being accused of a sexual offence, whether falsely or as a result of misunderstanding or wrongdoing can be an extremely traumatic situation to find yourself in. It is vital that you contact a sexual offence solicitor immediately to minimise the devastating effect of such an accusation. A sexual offence accusation can destroy family relationships, social reputation, job and career prospects and also ruin your finances; it can affect your mental health and your overall well-being.
The importance of a sexual offence solicitor
Legal representation is vital from the moment you are called into the police station as your solicitor will be able to prepare you and advise how to deal with the authorities as they are well aware of the procedures and processes that are involved in questioning and will help ease the situation for you to prevent any further complications later on in the proceedings. Do not speak to the police until you have spoken to your solicitor first. Without your solicitor present it is very easy to get flustered and panic under the pressure of the questioning of the police, as they use their own tactics to get as much information out of you as possible which they will then use against you in court. Your solicitor will explain your rights to you and will always have your best interests at heart so you can rest assured that they are there to hear what you have to say, your account of the situation, and will not judge you for your actions but provide you with friendly and professional advice using their knowledge and expertise. The solicitor will help fill out all the necessary paperwork and documentation to prevent any further delays or complications. The solicitor will also help collate any evidence that may help present your case in a positive light. Depending on the nature of the offence, sexual offences can be sentenced severely and therefore it is important to have an experienced sexual offence solicitor guide you through every step of the process to help achieve the minimum sentencing where possible and reduce the impact that this can have on your life.
Sexual offence victims
If you have found yourself in the unfortunate situation of being a victim to a sexual offence or you did not give your consent to sexual activity that has taken place, then speak to the police immediately. We understand that it is a difficult situation to find yourself in, however you need to speak to the police and prevent the same situation from happening to someone else. Contact a sexual offence solicitor for friendly and professional advice, rest assured the solicitor has your interests at heart and will treat your case with sensitivity and confidentiality and work with you to ease the process, prosecute the offender and will help achieve the best possible outcome for you.