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Our Criminal Defence Team provides legal representation in all types of criminal cases and proceedings. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible defence by working ruthlessly to develop high level strategies through our skill, hard work and determination.

Accessing quality legal advice as soon as possible provides you with much needed reassurance at a challenging time, and will also help you to plan your defence in the most effective way.

Sexual offences cases are particularly complex and sensitive for all concerned. The public attention that these cases attract can make them more difficult to defend, while the nature of this crime, one where there are often no witnesses present, creates further challenges. In addition, the stigma attached to such offences can have a huge effect on everyone involved. When dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct it is essential that the legal advice you receive is of the highest quality, but also pro-active and discreet. The Criminal Defence Team at Wilford Smith can provide expert legal counsel for sexual offence charges, and is dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for our clients. We know how distressing investigations into sexual offences are, and how devastating the consequences of conviction can be. If you have been accused of a sexual offence, contact the Wilford Smith Criminal Defence Team today.

How we defend our clients

We understand that clients who have been accused of sexual offences face a number of unique concerns, from the impact that such allegations can have on their families and loved ones to the damage to their reputation and livelihood. Our Criminal Defence Solicitors have a wealth of experience when it comes to defending clients against these charges, and will be able to help you from the outset to deal with any police investigations and subsequent court proceedings.

Rape offences

The crime of rape involves an individual committing a sexual act upon another person without that person’s consent. Such cases are dealt with by the Crown Court and the consequences of a conviction will often be a significant prison sentence, with the option for the court to impose additional restrictions, such as requiring the individual to sign the Sex Offenders Register or be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. Our Criminal Defence Team can offer expert advice in relation to accusations of rape, providing discrete and pragmatic guidance from the earliest stage of proceedings to assess the progress of any ongoing investigation and develop a pro-active strategy to rebut such allegations.

Indecent assault

Indecent assault encompasses a wide range of acts, the common trait being that an individual makes physical contact with another person in a way that is sexual or indecent in nature. This contact must have taken place in a way that was not a usual occurrence as part of everyday life. Examples of this type of contact include unwanted kissing or intentionally touching someone in an intimate area. The person accused of indecent assault must be shown to have touched the other person, either deliberately or recklessly, in the knowledge that the other person did not want them to. The consequences of a conviction for indecent assault can be up to 10 years in prison. If you have been accused of indecent assault you should get legal advice as soon as possible. TheCriminal Defence Solicitors at Wilford Smith can provide you with expert legal guidance, assisting you from the earliest stage on a range of vital issues that can significantly impact upon the overall success of your case.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse generally involves a person in a position of trust, power or authority intentionally taking advantage of this position to engage another person in sexual activity. Sexual abuse scenarios may involve a doctor and a patient, a teacher and a student or an adult and child, amongst others. The case will be prosecuted if there is a realistic chance of conviction and adequate public interest for doing so, and will be dealt with at the Crown Court. For those subject to sexual abuse proceedings, the Criminal Defence Team at Wilford Smith appreciates the need for the highest quality legal advice, representation and support. We can provide the required level of careful and thorough preparation and investigation to assist you in your defence.

Historic sexual offences

Recent high profile cases have led authorities to place greater focus on investigating incidents of historic sexual abuse, with specialist police and prosecution teams charged with investigating these allegations. The court will treat each case based on the evidence provided. Following a conviction, sentencing will be influenced by factors such as the age of the victim, the nature of the breach of trust and the seriousness of the allegations. OurCriminal Defence Solicitors apply a thorough approach to research and analysis, alongside exceptional attention to detail, to advise, support and defend you if you have been accused of historic sexual offences.

Contact our Criminal Defence Solicitors, England and Wales

Wilford Smith’s experiencedCriminal Defence Solicitors are committed to providing a high level service for our clients and ensuring the best possible outcome in any case. Our team of solicitors appear in court regularly, providing representation from the first hearing through to trial, dealing with a full range of cases involving accusations of sexual offences. We are available to our clients at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so that you can receive the best possible legal advice as soon as you need it.

We take pride in our reputation for unique representation, giving our clients a service that is exceptionally strategic and results driven, and are able to attract the highest calibre barristers to provide support when necessary. We know how distressing a criminal investigation can be and will ensure that you are given sympathetic, straightforward advice as part of our client focused and highly personal service.

Contact our specialist Criminal Defence Team in Sheffield and London today on 0808 169 5677 to find out how we can help.

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