If you are accused of an offence involving child pornography or indecent images of children, the Prosecution must prove that:
- You possess photographs that are indecent, and
- The photographs show a child or children (anyone under the age of 18).
- Photographs may also include digital images, pictures stored on a computer, videos, or pseudo-photographs (an image that appears to be a photograph)
Offences involving indecent images of children are either way offences, meaning they could be dealt with by either the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court. In practice, nearly all offences involving allegations of child pornography are seen as too serious for the Magistrates Court, and will be committed to the Crown Court as a conviction would usually result in a sentence of more than 6 months imprisonment.
For cases involving taking, distributing, making, or publishing indecent images, the maximum sentence in the Crown Court is 10 years.
For allegations that only relate to possessing indecent images, the maximum sentence that could be imposed is 5 years imprisonment.
In any allegation that involves indecent images, it is important to understand what the police evidence actually shows. Often this offence relies on expert analysis of computer equipment, which will give details of image files that have been recovered from the computer’s storage system.
However, this report might not give a completely accurate explanation of how the files became saved on the computer. Not only do the solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have an exceptional understanding of how computer systems operate, to assist us in interpreting prosecution evidence we also instruct independent experts to prepare reports that can be used as part of the defence evidence at Court trials.
If you are accused of any sexual offence there is a very real danger of receiving a prison sentence, and your entire life being damaged by the allegation. It is vital that you are represented by someone that you can trust, and who you are confident will do everything in their professional ability to put forward your case in a proper and appropriate manner to ensure that you get the best outcome possible in your circumstances.
We at Stephen Lickrish & Associates Solicitors understand that if you are accused of any sexual offence, it will be a very difficult time for you. We are proud of the professional level of support we offer to all clients who are accused of such offences. We make sure that you have an experienced solicitor that you can speak to at all stages of your case, and that you are represented in Court by a Barrister, or High Court Advocate, who is suitably experienced and qualified to present your case to the Court in the best way.
The Solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have dealt with clients who are accused of the full range of sexual offences. We act in a professional, discreet and diligent way, and do everything in our professional ability to secure the best outcome in each and every case. If you or someone you know are accused of a sexual offence, contact us to see how we can help you.
- Sexual assault by touching (13 or over)
- Sexual assault by touching (under 13)
- Inciting a minor to engage in sexual activity/grooming
- Possession of indecent images of minors
- Indecent exposure
- Sex Offenders Register
- Sexual Offences Prevention Order [SOPO]
- Police Station interviews
- Magistrates Court
- Crown Court