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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences act of 2003 defines a number of contact usdifferent offences. Any charge of a sexual nature will require an experienced solicitor to defend you. We will always handle your case in an understanding and sympathetic manner.

Police station interviews for sex offences can be traumatic and difficult. If you are arrested you should ask for a Solicitor at the earliest opportunity. You have a right to legal representation. J R Jones solicitors are available 24 hours a day on 0961 369 885. Please make a note of this number. In office hours you can also call us on 0121 777 7864.

Advice at a Police Station is free of charge and will be paid for by Legal Aid. This does not depend on your financial circumstances.

Classification of Sexual Offences

UK law defines a large number of different sexual offences. Some of these specifically relate to children at the ages of under 13, under 16 and under 18.

Sexual offences include: (where the link is coloured blue click on it to jump to that section)

  • Rape (including date rape)
  • Assault by penetration
  • Sexual assault
  • Causing sexual activity without consent
  • Grooming
  • Meeting a child following sexual grooming
  • Abuse of position of trust offences
  • Paedophile offences against children
  • Abuse of children
  • Familial child sex offences (including incest offences)
  • Child pornography
  • Child prostitution

Rape

The legally defined elements of Rape are:

(a) A intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) with his penis;
(b) B does not consent to the penetration, and
(c) A does not reasonably believe that B consents

Penetration of the mouth is included. Rape is still a crime of basic intent, and drunkenness is no defence.

Assault by Penetration

The elements of Assault by Penetration are:

A person (A) intentionally penetrates the vagina or anus of another person (B) with a part of their body or anything else
(a) The penetration is sexual
(b) (B) does not consent to the penetration, and
(c) (A) does not reasonably believe that B consents.

Sexual Assault

The elements of the offence of Sexual Assault are:
(a) A person (A) intentionally touches another person (B)
(b) The touching is sexual
(c) B does not consent to the touching, and
(d) A does not reasonably believe that B consents.

Consent

Most cases of alleged Rape or Sexual Assault revolve around the idea of consent. In many cases it will be up to the defendant’s solicitor to show that consent to the sexual activity existed and that the person making the contact usaccusations was in a position to give consent.

If consent did not in fact exist, it may still be possible to mount a defence on the basis that the accused had ‘reasonable belief’ that consent did exist.

Grooming

Grooming is charged when someone has been meeting or communicating with someone aged under 16 and they then go to meet them in order to carry out an offence, such as sexual intercourse. The offence does not have to actually be carried out; travelling and intending to do something is enough.

Contact us for more information on any Sexual Offence.