Our team of indecent images solicitors offer specialist legal advice and representation to anyone accused of possession of indecent images.

Being accused of possessing indecent images is extremely traumatic, we understand it will lead to you feeling lost and alone. Our sexual offence lawyers work in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner to provide you with total support throughout.

Allegations of this nature can have severe, far-reaching consequences which impact on your career, relationships and reputation. Assembling a strong legal team specialising in criminal defence is vital if you are to avoid this.

If you have been accused of downloading indecent images, or of being in possession of indecent images contact us today on +44 (0)161 228 2244 to discuss your case with our team of indecent images solicitors.

How WE can help you

Our downloading indecent images lawyers have been helping people accused of possessing and downloading indecent images since 1998, using the experience gained to provide the best-possible defence for all our clients.

Upon your case starting, we undertake a thorough examination of all evidence to build a complete picture of your case and compile your defence. This includes employing forensic computer analysts and other specialists where required. Ultimately, our objective is to protect you from a custodial sentence and ensure the correct judgment is reached.

Total communication throughout the process is a core part of our ethos. Our team is available 24/7 and maintain regular contact from beginning to end to ensure you always know the status of your case.

We can work with you from your initial police interview through to the end of the process, providing you with total legal support throughout.

Whatever your situation we can help you so please don’t delay.

Our experienced team can be contacted today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.


Covered by the Protection of Children Act 1978 (PCA 1978) and Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988), and indecent images offence is committed if a person takes, shares, makes or possesses indecent images of a child under the age of 18.

‘Making’ indecent images is a broad term, which includes:

  • Opening an attachment on an email containing an image
  • Downloading an image from a website onto a computer screen
  • Storing an image in a directory on a computer
  • Accessing a website in which images appear as part of an automatic ‘pop-up’ mechanism.

Some common scenarios covered by indecent images law include:

  • A person under the age of 18 who creates, possesses and/or shares sexual imagery of themselves with a peer under the age of 18 or adult over 18
  • A person under the age of 18 who possesses and/or shares sexual imagery created by another person under the age of 18 with a peer under the age of 18 or an adult over 18
  • A person over the age of 18 who creates, possesses and/or shares sexual imagery of a person under the age of 18

This is not an exhaustive list, however, and we have seen a variety of other situations covered by these offences. In general, an offence is committed is a person possesses, distributes or produces indecent images of children under 18, including:

  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Computer data which can be converted into images or video

Although most commonly used for images of children, indecent images laws can also extend to images of animals.


When establishing a fair penalty for anyone found guilty of committing indecent images offences several factors will be taken into consideration:

  • The number of images owned
  • The age of the subject(s) featured in the images
  • The vulnerability of the subject(s)
  • The amount of pain or distress suffered by the subject(s)

In addition to this, the Sexual Offences Definitive Guideline defines images and videos by category, this will also be taken into consideration when establishing punishment:

  • Category A images show penetrative sexual activity
  • Category B images show non-penetrative sexual activity
  • Category C images show erotic posing

The court will also consider whether the images have been deliberately stored and the perceived risk posed by the person in possession of the images.

Penalties range from community orders to a prison sentence of up to 10 years. In addition to this, you can be required to be on the sex offender's register.

Being subject to criminal investigations such as this can also have an incredibly negative impact on your career, particularly for those involved in areas such as teaching, medicine, policing or social work. Having a team of expert indecent images defence solicitors fighting your throughout is vital.


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 may 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.


We work across Manchester and the wider northwest so if you are looking for first-class representation, contact our Indecent Images Solicitors today on +44 (0)161 228 2244 or complete our contact form.

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