Arrested for internet sex offences?

Arrest for internet sex offences

The initial interview by the police is the most crucial point in any criminal investigation.

If you have been arrested for internet sex offences, you need police station representation from a lawyer specialising in internet law.

Is any criminal lawyer a specialist in social media crime?

Unfortunately there are only a few in the whole country so finding a specialist criminal lawyer who is also technology savvy to represent you upon arrest for internet sex offences is tough.

Why sexual offences and the internet require specialist legal advice?

Too many individuals are arrested for criminal offences which have an internet element to them. These could be offences involving alleged harassment, performing sex acts, sending or transmitting images and videos of sexual nature, computer and telephone hacking, blackmail and even making threats to kill. The allegations are often very serious, particularly to the alleged offender, who is often a person with previous good character who had not been involved with the police previously. It is common for the allegations to be made my a former partner, girlfriend, employer or business associate but this not always the case. The internet aspect of an alleged criminal offence, often makes it far more challenging for the police to prove and for the suspect to defend themselves.

There are often issues concerning preservation of evidence, consent, and identity that make proving the elements of internet sexual offences much harder. Specialist legal advice at the police station, from the outset and from the very first interview by the police, could make the difference between a suspect ending up in prison or walking free. Most individuals arrested for internet sex offences will want their lawyer to be far more savvy than the investigating police officers.

Every person that is arrested for internet sex offences should have case determined by an effective and fair legal process and it starts at the police station. It cannot be fair if there is little technology understanding on the part of their solicitor. 

Why knowledge of criminal law and technology are important?

Imagine the power of the legal representation you, or someone dear to you, would receive upon being arrested for internet sex offences by a solicitor who is a top criminal lawyer but also, at the same time, a leading technology lawyer.

In recent years there have been a significant increase in both complaints by victims and arrests by the police in connection with sexual offences. Some of those complaints are false but the lack of understanding of technology by the representing lawyer, have resulted in their clients being charged with an internet sex offence, being taken to court only to be found not guilty much later on. The increasing popularity of the internet has created new types of criminal offences, involving videos, images and harassment.

Although many of those types of cases are justifiably investigated, there are also many other cases involving false allegations of harassment, sexual abuse and unlawful distribution of images and videos online. A technology savvy criminal lawyer can identify problems with the investigation and with the evidence very early and point those out the the client and to the police. Having the right criminal lawyer at the police station from the outset, would often make the difference between a release and a charge with a criminal offence. 

Is the arresting police officer technology savvy enough to understand your criminal case?

Police officers and prosecutors have to take all allegations of sexual and internet offences very seriously, even in cases where it is clear that the allegations are made up or cannot be proven. Social media, mobile phones and personal computers can often very easily be utilised to prove or disprove one’s guilt or innocence.

Unfortunately, there are very few individuals who confidently know their legal rights when they are arrested for internet sex offences by the police. Even fewer of those arrested are aware of what demands they can make of the police to take prompt action and to thoroughly investigate the allegations. Some are completely unaware of their legal rights in connection with access to mobile telephone devices, tablets and personal computers.

Delays and inaction by the police is mostly prompted by the lack of knowledge and understanding of what needs to be done there and then. Often the most relevant evidence is not secured from the complainant and other evidence are being neglected until much later on, when a specialist police team take over. This could take months! How savvy the arresting and interviewing police officers, will often determine the type of advice your solicitor should give you at the police station. This advice will often determine the entire outcome of the criminal case.  

How much does a typical criminal duty solicitor know about technology?

There are very few solicitors in the country who understand the real nature of the internet, social media and the back-end that makes them work the way they do. Often, whilst at the police station, the suspects that have been arrested for internet sex offences find to their dismay that the investigating offices are also not familiar enough with the latest technology and its day to day application.

Duty solicitors, typically, have little experience with internet sex offences. When you ask for the duty solicitor to represent you, you never know who is going to turn up. It could be a young trainee with nearly zero experience or a senior lawyer who struggle to use, let alone understand technology. The duty solicitor system is based on the the luck of the draw. Not really an ideal situation for a suspect 

It is likely, that if you had been arrested for a crime concerning the internet, and particularly of a sexual nature, the criminal lawyer attending to help, who is most likely to be the duty solicitor, will have nearly zero understanding of technology. During those hours, you will probably wish there was an internet savvy, highly qualified criminal lawyer who was by your side, to ensure they understand the issues at hand, better than the investigating police officers.

How can we help someone who has been arrested for a criminal offence involving the internet, social media or smart phones?

Our experienced team of criminal lawyers, who specialise in technology, understand the distress and anxiety that is caused by allegations of a sexual nature, use their often superior knowledge of the internet, social media and technology to the benefit our clients.

They have behind them thousands of hours of police station attendances and hundreds of hours of experience in sexual offences and internet work.

Our relationships with our clients are based on a mutual feeling of trust, and we pride ourselves on achieving the highest possible standards. This focus on high standards is reflected in everything we do. Our experienced team of solicitors, who specialise in technology have years of experience representing clients accused of sexual crimes involving the internet, or where the internet and social media can provide the evidence needed to support our clients’ case. Contact our internet criminal lawyers today. 

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