Ensuring your rights are upheld
Sexual offence allegations of any sort can have a potentially devastating effect on the accused as well as anyone around them, both within a social and professional sense. This is why anyone accused of a sexual offence must know when to contact their sexual offence solicitor for help and guidance through what is likely to be a traumatic and stressful ordeal.
Given the complexities of sexual offences, a good solicitor will work tirelessly to pull together all the testimonies and evidence needed to portray their client in a positive light and make sure all the legal processes, such as questioning, are carried out in a fair and legally responsible way that protects their client’s interests.
What is a sexual offence allegation?
Sexual offence allegations can cover a massive range of offences including rape, sexual exploitation, grooming, child abuse, indecent images, sexual assaults and historic sexual allegations.
Because it is such an expansive area of law, it is always advisable to make sure you hire a solicitor who specialises in cases that are similar to that which you have been accused of to get the best possible representation.
A large part of what a solicitor will do in a sexual offence allegation involves collecting evidence and extensively reviewing any evidence that is being called into question. They will also interview witnesses to try and find any discrepancies that would help counter the allegations that have been made against you.
Care in the station
Often, those who are accused of a sexual offence allegation have never come into contact with the police before; this can make the whole ordeal far more traumatic if they are visited or called suddenly and asked to come in for questioning.
If you are contacted by the police and told you are a person of interest or that you need to answer some questions, you should always call up your solicitor as quickly as possible so that they can be by your side throughout everything and help you both understand the process. Furthermore, by doing so, you can avoid making matters worse for yourself unknowingly.
What should you do if you have been wrongly accused of a sexual offence?
The short answer to this is to simply call your solicitor at the earliest possible convenience.
Even if you are 100% sure of your innocence, you must get a legal support network in place so that matters can be resolved quickly and without causing any disruptions to your professional or social life.
Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to make contact with the person who is accusing you of a sexual offence since this has the potential to only make matters worse. You should, however, make sure that any communication between yourself and the accuser is saved and logged so that your solicitor can provide clear evidence of any communication.
Given the sensitive nature of sexual offence allegations, the sooner you get in touch with a reputable solicitor, the better your chances are of having fair and proper legal representation.