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Rape

The most serious sexual offence is an allegation of rape. If you are accused of rape, the police and the Prosecution must prove that:

  • You have deliberately placed your penis into the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person.
  • That the other person did not consent to that penetration (insertion of the penis) and,
  • You do not reasonably believe that the other person had consented to that penetration.

The offence of rape is so serious that it can only be heard by the Crown Court. The maximum sentence if you are found guilty of rape is life imprisonment, and anybody convicted of this offence will receive a significant prison sentence.

The evidence in a rape allegation is often very complicated, and can rely on forensic evidence as well as the statements of the alleged victim.

The most common issues in a rape case are whether the Defendant has committed the act (penetration) at all, or alternatively, accept that they have had sexual intercourse with the victim, but that the other person was consenting to the sexual activity involved.

There is complicated law, both from previous cases and from statutes passed by Parliament, that can have serious effects on an argument that the alleged victim was consenting to the sexual activity that took place. It is very important therefore that any Solicitor who is preparing to represent a client accused of rape understands the law, and spends sufficient time taking instructions from their client to understand all the issues in an individual case.

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.

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