Cases involving sexual touching can be heard in a Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, depending on the seriousness of the assault.
Prosecutions are brought under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Sexual touching is a serious crime – and is sentenced under the same guidelines as sexual assault, with a maximum prison sentence of ten years if the victim is over the age of 13.
However, if the victim is under the age of 13 years, then a maximum prison sentence of 14 years is possible.
In defending cases of sexual touching, proving intent or a victim’s consent can be vital – and touching must also be proved to be sexually motivated.
Children under the age of 13 are deemed not to be able to give consent, however.
In some cases, touching might have occurred, but might not have a sexual motive or simply have been accidental.
In some cases, the defendant might not even have been aware of an incident involving what appeared to be sexual touching if the incident happened in a crowded location, such as on crowded public transport – or within the context of sports training or other close contact activities.
However, allegations of sexual touching can ruin lives, reputations, careers and even families – and can also devastate the victims and ruin their lives.
Defending such cases involves collating forensic evidence and witness statements and meticulous attention to detail in preparing evidence – and it is vital to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors as soon as an allegation involving sexual touching is made, or if there is a likelihood of police interview under caution.
Duncan Lewis always advises clients to uphold their right to remain silent until one of our criminal defence lawyers arrives at a police station to advise on the charges.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have considerable expertise in defending cases involving sex offences and can advise on sexual touching allegations involving youth offenders, those with mental health conditions or learning disabilities, and child care or healthcare professionals facing allegations of sexual touching – as well as on historical cases involving sexual offences and/or sexual touching.
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 Duncan Lewis criminal 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 sexual touching charges.
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 involving allegations of touching.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentencing for sexual touching.
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 sex offences alegations – 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 relating to sexual touching on 020 7923 4020.