Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, indecent assault is a term used to cover a range of sexual offences or sexual assault.
Under the Sexual Offences Act 1956, indecent assault was two offences, but is now considered to be almost the same as sexual assault, involving any sexual offence that does not involve rape, or inciting sexual activity without consent involving penetration.
Indecent assault may be applied to particular circumstances involving sexual activity – including sexual activity with a person who is underage (ie under the legal age of consent, which is 16) or who may have a mental health condition, or who is unable to consent for any other reason.
Indecent assault can involve heterosexual activity or same sex activity in which one party is forced into sexual contact or sexual activity against their will – including another individual touching them intimately, or forcing them to watch or participate in sexual activity.
Sentencing for indecent assault depends on the seriousness of the offence – and in some cases, if a victim is underage, or is a child, or is elderly or vulnerable.
Any allegation of indecent assault requires a specialist sexual offences solicitor to advise on charges and prepare a robust case for the defence.
A conviction for indecent assault relies on whether a reasonable person would believe an activity to be indecent, even if the defendant does not accept the activity to be indecent.
Forensic evidence and witness statements will be crucial to proving allegations of indecent assault – and contacting Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors at an early stage of an investigation can help prevent errors and misjudgements which may later prejudice the outcome if a case goes to trial.
Not everyone accused of indecent assault is guilty of the charges, but being accused of indecent assault can ruin lives, families and careers – and it is vital to seek expert legal advice from Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis can advise at any stage of a charge involving indecent assault – and even before a charge is brought, or if there is a possibility of interview under caution following an allegation.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers also advise on historical cases of indecent assault and sexual offences – including advising teachers, care workers, hospital staff and other professionals holding a position of responsibility or trust who are facing allegations of indecent assault.
Duncan Lewis also advises on cases of indecent assault involving domestic violence, child abuse or young offenders.
Those convicted of indecent assault will be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register – and may also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which our sexual offences solicitors will also be able to advise on.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in cases involving indecent assault.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as murder and rape.
Clients do not have to wait until they have been arrested to contact Duncan Lewis about any criminal charges – our team can advise from the initial stages of a police inquiry into an allegation of indecent assault.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentencing in cases involving indecent assault.
All Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors are highly trained and highly experienced – and are dedicated to offering the best criminal defence services to our clients at police stations, courts and prisons.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – including more than 20 offices across London and the southeast and in all major cities across England and Wales.
A member of the Duncan Lewis criminal defence team can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to offer expert legal advice on all criminal charges and for police interview under caution.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing indecent assault allegations – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice.
For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services – Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors to discuss charges involving indecent assault on 020 7923 4020.