Defending sexual offence allegations

Our criminal defence solicitors recognise that being accused of any offence is a distressing experience for any individual, even more so when the offence is of a sexual nature.

When facing a sexual offence allegation it is essential that legal advice is sought at the earliest opportunity. Often people accused of sexual offences have no previous experience of the criminal justice system and with careers, reputations and relationships under threat it is important to be guided through the process by a legal specialist.

Our criminal justice team have many years’ experience in this area and are well placed to advise and represent clients facing allegations nationwide. If you have been arrested or are at any stage of criminal prosecution for a sex offence, contact us on 0203 816 1098 alternatively complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly to discuss your situation.

Types of allegation

Our legal experts can advise if you are facing allegations on the full range of sexual offences, including:

The law relating to sexual offences can be complex and challenging and with increased numbers of sexual complaints being reported it is important to have a legal team that will handle the matter with exemplary care and tact. For more information on a confidential basis without obligation don’t hesitate to contact us on 0203 816 1098.

 

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Case study - acquittal of clients charged with serious sexual offences

Client 1 - it was alleged by the prosecution that our client had raped his partner after a night out. The defendant was acquitted.

Client 2 - this was a historic sexual abuse case against our client from over 30 years ago. In this case there were a number of victims who had made allegations that they had been abused as children. After a lengthy trial the defendant was acquitted.

Had both clients been convicted they would have faced lengthy custodial sentences and the convictions would have impacted upon the rest of their lives. 

Correna Platt represented both clients. Correna regularly met with the clients taking their instructions, liaised closely with counsel, proactively chased the Crown Prosecution Service for outstanding material and instructed experts to comment on the evidence.

These are extremely emotional cases and it is necessary to be able to guide a client through the process and to take time to listen and act upon their instructions.

Both trials were recently listed. Correna used her experience to hand-pick experienced, senior barristers, who she knew specialised in these particular types of cases, to represent our clients. She gave the barristers very clear and thorough instructions and challenged the prosecution’s evidence at every step of the way. Miss Platt invested hundreds of hours of her time in preparing the cases, leaving no stone unturned to ensure the right result for her clients.

After lengthy closing speeches by the barrister in both cases, and the summing up by the Judge, our clients were acquitted of all the charges, in both cases.

Correna Platt qualified in our criminal litigation department in 1996 and now manages a team who have recently received the highest ranking for crime and fraud (tier one) in the Legal 500 for the fourth consecutive year. Ms Platt specialises in the most complex areas of Crown Court work, which includes; murder/manslaughter, sexual offences and multi million pound fraud cases.

It is important for a person facing serious allegations to instruct a firm who specialise in the area of law they are being investigated under. If you require assistance from the department please contact 0203 816 1098.

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