Being accused of a sexual offence is distressing for all concerned and often a life-changing event. It pays to have expert advice from an early stage.
The wider impact that such allegations may have on a person’s family, reputation or business is often amplified by adverse coverage in the media. The significant sentences imposed are also frequently accompanied by punitive ancillary orders that can in some circumstances continue indefinitely. In addition to custodial and community sentences, judges can impose sexual harm prevention orders and onerous notification requirements alongside placing defendants on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
The team at Blaser Mills has significant experience in dealing with the most serious and sensitive of cases, and we can offer practical legal guidance and support through every stage of the case, from arrest up to and including trial.
We have experience representing clients accused of the full range of sexual offences, including:-
- Sexual assault
- Indecent assault on minors
- Indecent exposure
- Possession/production/distribution of indecent images
- Failure to comply with notification requirements
- Appeals to vary/discharge SOPOs
- Representations to the Disclosure and Barring Service
Defending individuals who are accused of sexual offences, which are often historic in nature and can stretch back over many years, requires the utmost dedication and attention to detail. In recent years, the team has been instructed by clients caught up in the most high-profile investigations, such as the national ‘Operation Yewtree’ investigation.
We also have experience representing individuals who come to us several years after they have been sentenced to instruct us to apply to remove ancillary orders or restrictions imposed upon them after conviction. A common result of a conviction for a sexual offence is that the individual can be placed on the Disclosure and Barring Service’s barred lists, which prevents the individual from working with vulnerable adults and/or children. Depending on a clients’ circumstances, particularly with regards to career, this can be extremely restricting and can result in difficulty finding employment.
The team have achieved success in applying to discharge sexual offences prevention orders and removing clients from the Sex Offenders’ Register, and/or with written representations to the DBS to remove clients from both the adults and children’s barred lists. This service enables our clients to apply freely for jobs in their chosen field and to rebuild their lives.
If you have been arrested, asked to attend a police station for a voluntary interview or have been charged, our team can help. We are often approached by clients who have already appeared in Court but who are unhappy with the legal representation or advice they have received so far. If you would like to speak us in the utmost confidence, you can contact a member of our team in complete confidence for a no obligation chat.