What to expect
The Police will interview anyone under suspicion of committing a sexual offence. This will be done either following arrest or voluntarily. Once an interview has taken place the Police will likely need time to complete their investigation. If under arrest a person will be released on bail or released ‘pending investigation’. If released on bail there may be conditions attached to your bail.
Once the investigation is complete the Officer in the case will present the evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service who will make a decision on whether charges are brought.
What We Do
We are regularly instructed at the critical early stages of an investigation, where efforts are being made to avoid police involvement or with a view to avoiding charges being brought.
We maintain close contact with the Officer leading the investigation and take a proactive approach so that the police are clear, from the moment we’re involved, that you have vital information that needs to be heard.
We provide proactive advice from the early stages of a case. This includes challenging the legality of investigative powers, advising on and challenging bail conditions and making pre-charge representations to the police and prosecuting authorities.
We can present essential written representations, to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), detailing why the case should not proceed. We believe this early intervention can make the difference between being charged and no further action being taken so that you can get on with your life. And if this proves impossible then we work on, to fully prepare you and your case, taking every step necessary to fight fearlessly for you in court.
The steps taken following an allegation being made can dictate how well you are able to defend it later, if it develops.
It is therefore important to have specialist legal representation when attending an interview under caution with the Police whether that be a voluntary interview or interview following arrest. There are no informal conversations with police when you have been accused of a sexual offence and you must ensure you seek specialist advice. We provide that specialist, strategic advice before during and after police interview.
Following police interview we will continue to manage your case. We will advise whether representations can and should be presented to the Crown Prosecution Service to optimise your position when a charging decision is being made.
We will ensure that throughout the investigation your legal rights and interests are promoted and protected so that you are in the best possible position.