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Sexual Communication with a Child Offences

If you are accused of sexual communication with a child, you will understandably be concerned about the potential consequences of a conviction. It is crucial that you have specialist legal advice and representation to ensure you are able to secure a positive outcome for your case.


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At JD Spicer Zeb, we have substantial experience in supporting clients facing serious sexual offence charges, including cases of sexual communication with a child. With an established track record of success, our expert team will be by your side during every stage of proceedings, from the point of arrest onwards.

When instructed, our team can provide carefully tailored legal support, advising you on the steps that need to be taken in relation to allegations of engaging in sexual communication with a child, building the strongest possible defence along the way.

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Our substantial experience and expertise with the full spectrum of sexual offences in the UK means that you can be certain your case is in the safest hands. Our advice will be clear, straightforward, and in plain English, to help you clearly understand where you stand and how your case is progressing.

Our sexual communication solicitors provide:

  • 24/7 legal support in person and over the phone, 365 days a year
  • Representation anywhere in England or Wales
  • Accredited Police Station Representatives to support you during a police interview
  • Clear, effective legal advice in any language (see our languages spoken)

If you are under investigation, or have been arrested, for sexual communication with a child, please get in touch with our specialist sexual offence solicitors as soon as possible to discuss your situation in detail.

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We always work with the most experienced and best leading UK barristers, KCs (Kings Counsel). We cover all criminal cases 24/7 at the police station and court. Offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester cover cases across England and Wales. We can offer Legal Aid and affordable Private fee agreements. We can see you the same day, including virtually. Our Senior Partners supervise all of our cases.

How quickly do you respond?

We respond quickly even during out of hours. We do not get our work by paying for online adverts but based on the fact that few criminal law firms can match our 45 years of experience. Most of our cases are still from word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied clients. We are called daily by dissatisfied clients from firms with less experience than us. We respond very quickly to new enquiries. We know what clients seek and so we update clients rapidly.

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We always keep you updated and give straightforward advice. We will get cases dropped early where the case is weak or should not be prosecuted. We will be upfront with you about where you can benefit from a good result with an early guilty plea, such as a discount on your sentence. As we work on cases across all levels with clients from all walks of life, we are excellent at giving clear, spot-on advice. As an established firm, we can allocate a whole team to your case often at short notice to secure evidence to minimise the damage to you. 

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Do you offer free consultations?

Where it is possible, we aim to provide an initial consultation to you. If we can speak to you, we can if required inform you about  –

  • Whether we can take the case on and our relevant experience.
  • Public and private funding benefits.
  • Assistance in applying for legal aid where we are likely to accept instructions.
  • An outline of options in police interview only. We will not advise you on which option to adopt.
  • Providing our free written guide explaining the police station process.
  • The gravity of routine and day-to-day offences you face.
  • Consequences of not attending the court or police station.
  • Consequences of interfering with any witnesses.
  • Retaining any evidence in support of your case.
  • If possible an outline of the elements of the offence that the police or CPS must prove.
  • This consultation will normally be by telephone or email and will only be for as long as we deem necessary to establish if we can act for you. If we cannot usefully give you any advice in this manner then we will not continue with the consultation. We will not discuss the case in depth for you to be able to decide on your plea or any significant aspect of the case, as this cannot be undertaken informally.
  • Referring you, if possible, to other firms for matters out of our specialism or if we cannot help.

Consultations do not apply to the following cases –

  • If we do not intend to take the case on.
  • Road Traffic cases, drink driving, drug driving, driving bans, speeding, no insurance, mobile phone use, points etc.
  • In all cases where we do not have the capacity to take your case or the availability of suitably qualified staff to provide an initial free consultation. This is applicable in all cases but especially where a more senior lawyer is required because of your personal needs or the complexity of the case.
  • Harassment/stalking/ coercive behaviour/malicious communications or road traffic cases and most sensitive cases. These cases are often too complicated to assess in short consultations.
  • The locations concerned may be too distant to represent you adequately or it may not be cost-effective for you or us.
  • The case is too complicated to assess or raises various charges or facts, complexity, or history to be considered informally or in a short consultation.
  • In most Legal aid transfers where legal aid is granted to another firm except in very grave cases, we may assess the case and merits for a transfer.
  • If your relationship has broken down with your existing solicitor or several solicitors.
  • If you have been released under investigation and have already had a police station attendance. 
  • If you hold legal aid with another firm and seek a second opinion.
  • If you are calling on behalf of the client as a friend or family member unless you have full authority and full facts.
  • To businesses.
  • Advising whether you were given good advice by your other solicitor.
  • Whether to decide to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Whether you have an arguable defence in law or factually complicated defences.
  • Any advice you have had after your first court appearance.
  • Any advice on appeal on conviction or sentence.
  • If we feel we are unable to communicate with you.
  • If we are likely to be conflicted or breach our professional rules.

Speak to our sexual communication offence solicitors now

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options with regards to allegations of sexual communication with a child, or attempted sexual communication with a child, please call 0207 624 7771.

For urgent advice at any time of day or night, please call our Emergency Number 07836 577 556.

You can also email: solicitors@jdspicer.co.uk or fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you quickly.

Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s sexual communication solicitors?

No matter what your circumstances may be, or exactly what actions have allegedly resulted in a charge of sexual communication with a child being brought forward, it is important that you receive prompt legal advice from our specialist solicitors.

The complex nature of the offence, coupled with the various types of evidence that the prosecutors rely on, highlights the need for a thorough legal defence.

When instructed, our solicitors will carefully guide you through the process of defending your position, helping to clarify your current situation, future options, and what the possible outcome of the case is likely to be.

Over the years, we have established a reputation as one of the country’s leading firms specialising in providing representation for people accused of child sexual offences. We have previously handled various high-profile cases, so will be able to offer bespoke advice that is sensitive to your situation.

Our experience ensures we are highly skilled at using all types of evidence to support your case, including digital forensics. As specialists, we work closely with leading digital forensics experts such as Cyfor, who offer efficient advice on the digital forensics aspect of the police investigation.

We also work with many of the country’s leading criminal defence barristers who specialist in sexual offences, including sexual communication offences. As such, we are well positioned to support you and provide the best possible representation for any trials that may take place.

As a testament to our strong commitment to client care and focus, we receive many referrals and recommendations from clients who have been satisfied with our legal services. Our team have been established for over 45 years.

Common questions about sexual communication with a child in the UK?

What is sexual communication with a child?

Under Section 15a of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, it is an illegal offence for an adult (someone who is 18 or over) to intentionally communicate with a child (someone who is under the age of 16) with sexual intent.

The communication itself can be considered sexual in nature, or it is intended to encourage a child to make a communication themselves that is sexual.

Communication will be considered to be sexual in nature if any part of it relates to sexual activity, or any reasonable person would consider any part of the communication to be sexual.

It is also important to note that, for someone to be convicted of sexual communication with a child, they must not reasonably believe that the person is 16 or over.

What is an example of indecent sexual communication?

There are many examples of actions which could be considered to be sexual communication with a child. This includes:

  • Text messages
  • Emails
  • Chat room conversations
  • Social media posts and interactions

What is the sentence for sexual communication with a child?

The sentencing guidelines for sexual communication with a child are wide ranging. The exact sentence that could be handed out for anyone that is convicted will vary depending on a number of factors, including the harm caused and their perceived culpability.

‘Harm’ falls into one of two categories:

  • Category 1:
    • Sexual images or digital media sent or received
    • Significant psychological harm or distress caused to the victim, or very likely to have been caused to the intended victim
  • Category 2:
    • Factor(s) in category 1 not present

‘Culpability’ also falls into one of two categories:

  • Culpability A:
    • Abuse of trust
    • Use of threats, gifts or bribes
    • Targeting of particularly vulnerable child
    • Commercial exploitation or motivation
    • Soliciting images
    • Offender acted together with others to commit the offence
  • Culpability B:
    • Factor(s) in culpability A not present

Depending on these factors, the sentence could vary from a maximum of two years’ custody (where harm and culpability are high), down tow a medium level community order (where harm and culpability are low).

Will I be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for sexual communication with a child?

Sexual communication with a child law dictates that, if you are convicted, and receive a custodial sentence, you may face a range of additional penalties. This is likely to include being added to the Sex Offenders Register.

Anyone who is registered on the Sex Offenders Register will be required to register with the police and provide certain information, such as:

  • Their name
  • Their address
  • Whether they are living with a child
  • Details of the conviction
  • Details of bank accounts
  • Date of birth
  • Their national insurance number
  • Passport details

Failing to register on time (within three days of conviction or release from prison) is a criminal offence.

Are there any aggravating or mitigating factors for sexual communication?

There are a range of aggravating and mitigating factors that will influence the final sentence for attempted sexual communication with a child, or demonstratable sexual communication with a child.

Statutory aggravating factors could include:

  • Prior convictions that are related to the offence
  • The offence was committed on bail
  • The offence was influenced or motivated by hostility toward certain characteristics, or presumed characteristics, of the victim, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.

Additional aggravating factors may include:

  • Failing to comply with court orders
  • Attempting to dispose of evidence
  • Failing to respond to previous warnings
  • Financial reward offered to victim
  • Steps taken to prevent victim from reporting incident
  • Victim considered to be particularly vulnerable
  • Offence involved sustained or persistent communication

Mitigating factors that could decrease the severity of the punishment handed out include:

  • No previous convictions and/or relevant convictions
  • Remorse
  • Previous good character
  • Isolated offence
  • Age and lack of maturity
  • Demonstration of steps being taken to address offending behaviour
  • Physical disability or medical conditions which requires urgent or long-term treatment
  • Mental disorder or learning difficulty, particularly where linked to the commission of the offence

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

If you are a victim of child sexual abuse or at risk of offending, please contact the Lucy Faithfull Foundation for advice.

Contact our sexual communication solicitors today

For urgent specialist advice, immediate representation, or to speak to us confidentially about allegations of sexual communication with a child, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist sexual offence solicitors.

You can contact a member of our dedicated team of sexual offence solicitors in London, Birmingham, and Manchester by telephone on:

Or email: solicitors@jdspicer.co.uk

Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Please get in touch for a free initial consultation with one of our expert sexual offence solicitors, as well as immediate representation and advice related to sexual communication.

We are available to represent clients all over England and Wales at any time, so please contact our Emergency Number 07836 577 556.

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