Sexual offence allegations are probably amongst the most difficult and sensitive issues to deal with in the criminal justice system. If you are convicted of a sexual offence, you are very likely to go to prison and to be made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO). This means that for a specified number of years you will have to notify the police about circumstances such as any change of accommodation, if you live in or visit a property where there are people under the age of 18 or if you travel abroad.
When someone is accused of being a sex offender, whether it be sexual assault, rape or possession of indecent images, there can be a great deal of embarrassment and humiliation. You will have to be interviewed by the police; go through the prosecution papers and witness statements; and consider making a statement in your defence if you are charged. We have staff who are highly experienced in such matters, who will not pre-judge you, and who will make every effort to support you through a terrible time and help you feel less uncomfortable when you are talking to them about the accusations and your life circumstances.
If you are innocent we will help you prove your case with all expertise and knowledge at our command; if you plead guilty we can put forward the best mitigation in order to help the court understand any life events that may have led up to the offence.