owning or producing INDECENT IMAGES
Possession of indecent images is a very serious offence and we understand that having accusations made against you is extremely traumatic. Any allegations can have far-reaching and damaging consequences, impacting on your career, relationships and reputation. At Draycott Browne, we recognise the need to be sensitive and discreet and will take a non-judgmental approach, treating you with understanding and respect throughout.
We are accomplished and highly skilled at defending offences of this nature and will diligently employ our expertise and technical knowledge to ensure all allegations against you are proactively and robustly challenged.
What are indecent images?
An offence is committed if a person possesses, distributes or produces indecent images of children under the age of 18 including:
- Computer data that can be converted into a photo or video file
The law also extends to images of animals. The production or making of indecent images can occur by:
- Downloading them from the internet. Downloading the image ‘makes’ it on the device or screen being used.
- Creating a pseudo-photograph, which looks like a photo but was not made using a camera.
It is also illegal to possess indecent images for the purpose of showing or distributing them to others, as well as advertising the production or distribution of such images.
What are the penalties?
Custodial sentences can be imposed upon anyone found guilty of committing offences relating to indecent images. Penalties range from community orders up to a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.
Factors that will be taken into consideration when it comes to sentencing will include:
- The nature of the offence.
- The number of images found.
- Whether the images have been deliberately stored.
- The perceived risk posed by the person in possession of the images.
Those who are the subject of criminal investigations can also face disciplinary action at work, which can lead to suspension and loss of career and livelihood. This is especially true of those who work in positions of trust such as teachers, doctors, social workers and police officers, on whom investigations may be focused.
Allegations relating to indecent images can also be particularly distressing due to the public nature of such investigations, which are often reported in the local and national media. It is vital you have the experts in your corner protecting your interests and fighting your corner.
How we can help?
Allegations involving indecent images require expert handling from a specialist team of solicitors such as Draycott Browne. It is critical that you seek professional advice as quickly as possible so that we can begin to help you and act on your behalf. We will be thorough and meticulous from the start as we review all the evidence and compile your defence, with the aim of protecting you from a custodial sentence.
We have a wealth of experience dealing with allegations of indecent images and have the necessary technical knowledge to employ the best defence strategies, indecent images can often be found on computers, laptops and phones without the user’s knowledge due to malicious programmes or shared use of the device. We will employ the expertise of a forensic computer analyst where required, to gather key evidence in support of your defence.
There is also an increasing number of instances where under-18s themselves are being unfairly criminalised due to their use of social media and engaging in what is termed as ‘sexting’ by sharing explicit images of themselves with others, commonly with someone else within their peer group.
Whatever your situation we can help you so please don’t delay. Contact our specialist team today on 0161 228 2244.
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Arrests are rarely anticipated, which is why we are available around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, to assist you at the police station and provide you with immediate legal advice, whenever you need us.
Legal fees can be an unexpected cost that you many struggle to afford. By applying for legal aid, you can relieve financial stress during your case, leaving you to focus on what matters. Our solicitors can advise you on your eligibility and will guide you through the process of applying for legal aid, giving you the best chance of a successful application.