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What is rape?

The legal definition of rape is defined in s. 1 Sexual Offences Act 2003. Rape can be committed by a man on either a woman or another man and relates to vaginal, anal or oral sex, when this occurs without the other party’s consent.

To be guilty of rape, the defendant needs to have believed that the other party was not consenting, but this must be a reasonably held belief. The court will examine all of the surrounding circumstances to decide if the other party freely agreed to sex or not.

Defending rape allegations in the police station

A criminal investigation into rape allegations will always include an interview under caution in a police station. When being interviewed under caution about rape allegations, it is essential to be legally represented by an experienced rape defence solicitor.

Please do not fall into the trap of thinking that if you have a solicitor to represent you in the police station, the police will interpret this as being a sign that you are guilty. The police will expect you to want a solicitor present and it is important that your rights in the police station are protected.

Rape allegations are of course serious and it is crucial for the defence strategy to be in place and right from the beginning, which is at the police station.Defending rape allegations in Court.

Defending rape allegations in court

Trials about rape allegations will always be heard in a Crown Court. Our experienced rape defence lawyers work alongside the country’s top barristers, including QCs, to ensure that the best strategy is in place for each individual case.

We will ensure that the complaints are skillfully cross-examined and that your case is vehemently put, but in a way which positively influences the jury, rather than alienating them.

Defence forensic experts

We will always consider whether we need any independent defence experts to review any forensic evidence. We have access to the country’s best defence experts for issues such as DNA evidence, psychiatrists, psychologists, IT experts, mobile phone and computer evidence.

What is the maximum sentence following a conviction for rape allegations?

The maximum sentence for rape allegations following a conviction is life imprisonment. However this is reserved for the most serious cases. When determining the appropriate sentence, the Judge will consider all of the surrounding circumstances, including the defendant’s personal circumstances.

 

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We have a proven track record at successfully defending allegations of rape.

If you or someone you care about finds themselves the subject of an allegation of rape, then please contact us in strict confidence, to talk to one of our expert defence rape lawyers, who will listen to you and answer your concerns about the best way forward.

Jacqui Callan, solicitor advocate at Richard Nelson LLP

Jacqui Callan

Associate

Richard Etherington

Solicitor

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Anyone can find themselves the centre of a false allegation of rape. Rape is a hugely emotive word and the stigma attached to an allegation of rape can feel impossible to face for the accused and their family, without the best defence lawyers on your side.

Our rape defence lawyers will listen to you, without judgement and will support you through this process from start to finish. We passionately believe that everyone has the right to a fair trial and we will fight to ensure that a Court hears what our clients have to say.

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