Our expert solicitors will guide you through the process of an investigation and/or prosecution.
Accusations of sexual offending can be some of the most reputational damaging allegations faced by our clients. At TV Edwards our expert solicitors are experienced in this complex area of law, and will guide you through the process of an investigation and/or prosecution. We will work proactively to manage your defence, and minimise the impact on your career, reputation and family.
Types of Offences
We regularly represent clients accused of a range of offences, mainly covered by the Sexual Offences Act 2003:
- Assault by penetration;
- Sexual assault;
- Child sexual offences;
- Indecent images of children;
- Offences relating to prostitution;
- Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation;
Each of these offences bring their own complexities and evidential considerations. The team at TV Edwards are experienced in the full range of offences, and understand how to address such allegations at each stage of a case. We routinely represent individuals subject to police investigations, and will seek to present evidence and representations where appropriate in order to avoid prosecution. Where charges are authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service we will instruct leading sexual offences barristers to represent you in the Crown Court, and work closely together to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 governs all offences alleged to have been committed on or after 1 May 2004, whereas allegations pre-dating this will be prosecuted under older legislation. This brings an additional layer of complexity, which we at TV Edwards are familiar with. We have a track record of successfully defending clients accused of historic sexual offending, and encourage anyone facing such allegations to engage expert legal advice as early as possible.
Sexual Harm Prevention Orders
These orders are generally known as SHPOs, and can be imposed by Magistrates’ or Crown Courts where they consider than an individual poses a risk of sexual harm either to the public or a certain person(s).
SHPOs can be used to impose positive requirements on individuals, as well as prohibiting them from a range of activities. These restrictions can be onerous and impact day-to-day activities; the conditions often relate to travel, internet use, contact with children and living arrangements.
At TV Edwards we regularly oppose SHPOs in Court, and negotiate with the Crown Prosecution Service to reduce the impact they have on our clients’ lives. We will work with you to avoid such an order damaging your career, or family life.