Indecent Images Offences

Being arrested or charged with producing, possession or distributing indecent images of children or extreme pornography can be very distressing, with the potential for a prison sentence if convicted, as well as the possibility of losing your reputation, career and family. We can offer same day appointments including virtual or out of hours if you work.

For more than 40 years, we have been advising and representing clients accused of various types of sexual offences, including those related to indecent images of children and extreme pornography. We can offer experienced, sympathetic legal support to help protect your rights and reputation, making proceedings as easy as possible on you.

In many cases, we are able to help clients avoid charges or see charges dropped early in an investigation. If you are charged and your case goes to trial, we can ensure you have the strongest possible defence and best representation available.

If you have been arrested or charged with a child pornography or extreme pornography offence, you can contact us 24-hours a day, seven days a week for an immediate free initial consultation, expert legal advice and representation.

We speak a variety of languages across our team and work with a number of accredited interpreters allowing us to provide clear legal advice in any language, so you can have confidence that your interests are protected at all times. We are available to clients all over England and Wales for round the clock support.

For a free initial consultation on dealing with an indecent pornography offence allegation, please contact our local offices in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Need immediate legal support for child pornography or extreme pornography offence? Our accredited Police Station Representatives and solicitors are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year using the emergency numbers listed at the top of the page.

Our expertise with offences related to indecent images of children and extreme pornography

With decades of specialist experience defending clients against charges related to the production, possession and distribution of indecent images, we have a detailed understanding of the law in this area and all available defence options.

Our team also understand just how emotionally challenging dealing with this type of allegation can be, so can offer sympathetic personal support throughout proceedings, as well as our legal expertise.

We have strong expertise in forensic computer analysis, working with a number of specialists. This means we can ensure no detail is missed and that all of the relevant digital data is gathered and effectively leveraged for your defence.

We work with some of the UK’s top criminal defence barristers specialising in indecent images offences, so if your case does go to trial, we can make sure you have the very best possible representation for every stage of proceedings.

What to do if you are accused of an offence involving child pornography or extreme pornography

To avoid the risk of saying or doing anything that could undermine your defence, it is essential to be aware of your rights when interviewed by police in connection to indecent images of children or extreme pornography.

Do not forget the following:

  1. You do not have to answer any questions asked by the police.
  2. You should never answer any police questions without a solicitor present.
  3. You have the right to free legal representation.
  4. You can use the duty solicitor available or choose your own lawyer.

If you are arrested on suspicion of committing an offence involving indecent images of children or extreme pornography, the arresting officers must tell you the specific offence you are accused of committing and they must caution you using the words:

“You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

Following a police interview for producing, possessing or distributing indecent images of children or extreme pornography, one of the following will occur:

  • You are released with no further action
  • You are released under investigation
  • You are charged with a specific child sexual offence

If you are charged with a historical sexual offence:

  • A date will be set for a court hearing
  • You will either:
    • Be released on bail
    • Kept in custody until your court appearance

If you are released with no further action or under investigation, you can be rearrested or summonsed to attend court at a later date.

What is considered ‘extreme pornography’?

The possession of extreme pornography is an offence under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which came into force on 26 January 2009.

The CPS defines pornography as images that “must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal” while the Act defines extreme pornography as that which depicts any of the following:

  • Act that threaten a person’s life
  • Acts that result in or are likely to result in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals
  • Bestiality
  • Necrophilia

Penalties for indecent images offences

The maximum sentence for possession of extreme pornography is up to three years’ imprisonment, while more minor offences may result in a fine.

Anyone sentenced for at least two years’ imprisonment for an extreme pornography offence will also be placed on the Violent and Sex Offender Register.

There are various offences involving indecent images of children under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Offences under the Protection of Children Act 1978 include taking, permitting to be taken and making child pornography, distributing or showing child pornography and possessing child pornography. These offences have a maximum possible sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.

Offences under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 include possession of child pornography with a maximum possible sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

What defence is there against charges relating to child pornography or extreme pornography?

There can be various potential defences for possession of indecent images that your defence team can explore. These include:

  • That you had a ‘legitimate reason’ for possessing the material e.g. for the purposes of academic research.
  • That you had a ‘lack of awareness’ of the images i.e. you had not seen them and had no reason to suspect that they were indecent.

Our defence solicitors are highly experienced with the available defences for indecent images offences, so can ensure every possible angle of defence is explored to help you avoid charges or secure the best available outcome during a prosecution.

Contact our indecent images defence lawyers today

For a free initial consultation, urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about allegations of producing, possessing or distributing indecent images of children or extreme pornography, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You can contact our dedicated criminal defence lawyers in London, Birmingham, and Manchester by telephone on:

  • Brent & Camden London Office: 020 7624 7771
  • Manchester Office: 0161 835 1638
  • Birmingham Office: 0121 614 3333
  • City of London: 0207 624 7771 (our senior Solicitors and Partners can meet by appointment in the City)

Or email:

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

24/7 legal representation for indecent images offence allegations

Please get in touch for a free initial consultation with one of our expert criminal defence solicitors, as well as immediate representation and advice on dealing with allegations relating to indecent images of children or extreme pornography.

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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