Sexual Assault Defence Solicitors

Being accused of sexual assault can be very upsetting and confusing and if you are arrested or charged with sexual assault the potential legal consequences can be very serious, with a possible sentence of up to 10 years’ custody and the requirement to register as a sex offender. We can offer same day appointments including virtual or out of hours if you work.

Getting the right legal advice from the start can make all the difference to whether you are charged with an offence and to the outcome of any court proceedings.

Our criminal defence lawyers are highly experienced in defending clients accused of sexual assault and other sexual offences, including in high-profile and complex cases. We can therefore provide the seasoned, practical guidance you need to protect your freedom and reputation.

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

Conviction for sexual assault can have a massive impact on your life. As well as the potential for a prison sentence, a conviction could also cost you your job, your relationships and your standing in your community. It can also have a very serious effect on your family and other loved ones.

Our criminal defence team have an exceptional track record of securing favourable outcomes for clients accused of sexual assault. Having handled some of the most serious and high-profile cases across England and Wales for over 40 years, we can ensure all relevant information is brought to light and that no angle of defence is overlooked.

We speak a variety of languages across our team and work with a number of accredited interpreters, so can offer legal advice and representation in any language, allowing you to have complete confidence in the way you are represented.

For a free initial consultation on dealing with sexual assault allegations please, contact our local offices in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Need immediate legal support for sexual assault charges? 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 sexual assault charges

We have many years of experience advising and representing clients accused of sexual assault, including the most serious offences. Our expert criminal defence solicitors can provide the clear legal advice and strong emotional support you need to give you the best possible defence while making this difficult process as easy as we can for you.

Having handled a number of high-profile sexual assault cases, we recognise the importance of handling these types of serious allegations in a sensitive and efficient way, helping to limit any damage to your reputation, livelihood and family.

Our team have strong expertise in the use of forensic evidence, such as DNA, for sexual assault cases, as well as digital evidence, including mobile phone and app data, which is now often crucial for your defence.

We also have strong relationships with many of the country’s top criminal defence barristers specialising in sexual assault cases. This means we can ensure you have the best possible advocate if your case goes to court.

What to do if you are accused of sexual assault

If you are arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, knowing what to do and your legal rights can be essential to your defence as it can help you to avoid saying or doing anything that might undermine your case.

When interviewed by police in connection with allegations of sexual assault, please remember:

  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.

When you are arrested, the arresting officers must explain the specific offence you are accused of committing and they must caution you by 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.”

Once you have been interviewed by the police on suspicion of sexual assault, one of several things will happen. You may be:

  • Released with no further action
  • Released under investigation
  • Charged with sexual assault

If you are charged with sexual assault, a date will be set for a court appearance. You may be released on bail or kept in custody until your court appearance.

If you are released with no further action or under investigation, you can still potentially be rearrested or summonsed to attend court.

Penalties for sexual assault

Sexual assault is a ‘triable either way’ offence, meaning your case could be tried in Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court depending on the seriousness of the charges.

If your case is heard in Magistrates’ Court, the maximum sentence for sexual assault is 6 months’ imprisonment for a single offence or 12 months’ imprisonment for two or more offences.

If your case is heard in Crown Court, the maximum sentence for sexual assault is 10 years’ imprisonment.

If convicted of sexual assault, you will also be required to register as a sex offender, which is likely to affect your future employment and personal relationships.

What defence is there against sexual assault charges?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) defines sexual assault as being where someone is “coerced or physically forced to engage against their will” to engage in a sexual act, or where someone “touches another person sexually without their consent”.

Your defence will therefore depend on the nature of the alleged offence and the circumstances involved.

If you are accused of forcing someone to engage in a sexual act against their will, it may be possible to show that no sexual activity took place, that the alleged victim consented to the activity or that you had reason to believe they consented.

If you are accused of touching another person sexually without their consent, it could be that you dispute any touching took place, that you believe the other party consented or that the touching was non-sexual in nature.

Our sexual assault defence solicitors have strong experience with all of the various defence strategies that can help you to avoid prosecution where possible or achieve the most favourable outcome available if prosecution cannot be avoided.

Contact our sexual assault lawyers today

For a free initial consultation, urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about allegations of allegations of sexual assault, indecent assault or any other type of sexual offence, 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 sexual assault 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 of sexual assault, or any other type of sexual offence.

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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