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Facing allegations of offences relating to indecent images of children can be very daunting and stressful. If you have been arrested or asked to attend at a police station to be interviewed for offences of Possession, making or distribution of Indecent Images of children, or have already been charged with or summoned to appear at court for indecent images offences, it is essential to take expert legal advice as soon as possible.
If this is the case, then it is important that you make contact with our specialist criminal defence team who specialise in indecent images of children on 0800 639 3206. We operate 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, ensuring that we are available when you need us to help. We can offer you immediate appointments with our specialist indecent images solicitors so that we can commence early preparation of your case.
Offences related to indecent images are now catagorised as A, B and C according to their severity (with category A being the most serious of images). Another important feature with these offences is whether the images were simply in the possession of the defendant, perhaps through downloading them on the internet, or were distributed by them to other individuals.
The investigation for this type of offence will usually include seizing electronic devices that are suspected to have been used to access the images such as computers, tablets and phones in order to gather evidence in relation to the allegations and to confirm the ownership of the material and when and where they were accessed and by whom. This can happen without warning and may occur in front of family, friends, neighbours or workplaces, which can be shocking and very challenging to deal with. The investigation by the Police often takes many months whilst evidence is analysed by a specialist Digital Crime Unit, which can mean a great deal of uncertainty and stress for the person accused as well as those around them and can add a great deal of strain to relationships and professional life.
With expert support from experienced indecent images solicitors that understand how these investigations and the legal process works for these offences, specialist advice can be given, along with clear communication about every stage of the case.
If convicted of indecent images offences, often a prison sentence is imposed, with the range of sentence depending on the severity of the offence. The court uses a set of guidelines to determine an appropriate sentence in each instance, so it also does vary from case to case. They will take into account your personal circumstances, the circumstances of the case and a range of other factors regarding the offending. The court will take into consideration both aggravating and mitigating factors, which will differ depending on each individual case.
Penalties can range from a high-level community orders for the least serious offences, to prison sentences up to 9 years for the most serious offences.
It's important not to underestimate the impact of indecent image offence allegations, as well as the potential consequences if found guilty.
As experienced criminal defence solicitors, Forbes offer expert assistance in relation to offences of this type with a non-judgmental and professional approach. Our police station solicitor service, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, means that no matter when you need us, our team can offer specialist support at every single stage of an investigation and throughout any potential prosecution. If you have been charged with an indecent images offence or have had devices seized as part of an investigation, our team can help by offering our legal expertise nationwide. Call us on 0800 639 3206.