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Being prosecuted and convicted for an indecent images offence can have horrendous ramifications for you and your family. As a Freelance Solicitor, Sohail Bashir has years of expertise and experience in defending clients on all types of sexual offence matters, including indecent images offences. As a fully qualified Sexual Offences Solicitor regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Law Society, Sohail gives his clients his full focus and attention and never gives up until he obtains the best result possible.

If you are suspected or have been arrested concerning an indecent image offence, Sohail can take the following actions on your behalf:

  • Consult directly with the police and discover the exact nature of their suspicions or reasons for arresting you.

  • If you have been arrested, check that the police have acted within their legal powers.

  • Advise you if the police interview you under caution (also known as a Caution Plus 3 Interview).

  • Negotiate your release under pre-charge bail or make representations to the police stating that you should be released with no bail.

  • Negotiate with the police to have your property, for example, your laptop or mobile phone, returned to you as swiftly as possible.

  • Continue investigating your case, and work to have any further investigations involving you dropped.

  • Organise expert evidence reports to support your defence.

  • If you are prosecuted, build and present a strong, persuasive defence to the judge and jury.

If you have been arrested or charged with an indecent image offence, please email Sohail immediately:

What are indecent images?

Under the Protection of Children Act 1978 (as amended), it is prohibited to take, make, circulate, and possess with intention to disseminate any indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, defined as a person under 18 years. Furthermore, section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 makes it a criminal offence to possess indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

It is left up to a jury to determine what is an indecent image; however, examples of what would be considered indecent include:

  • Images of naked children.

  • Images of children engaging in sexual activity.

  • Images of children posing in a sexual manner.

You can be charged with an offence if you open an indecent image from an email attachment or download it from a website.

What are the common defences to an indecent images charge?

Defences to an indecent images charge include:

  • Legitimate reason - for example, you were required to view and/or store the image for research purposes connected to your job.

  • Lack of awareness - you can prove that you had not seen the indecent images and did not know nor have any cause to suspect them to be illegal.

  • Marriage or other relationships – if the images are of a person aged 16-17 years, a defence is available if the accused can prove that they are married to the subject of the pictures or they live together in an "enduring family relationship".

Sohail has had experience in all elements of defending indecent images prosecutions. A fast operator, he will get to the heart of the prosecution's case against you and build a rock-solid defence.

How can Sohail help with indecent images police investigations and prosecutions?

Sohail will examine every element of the prosecution's evidence and immediately zero in on any weaknesses and inconsistencies. Smart, meticulous, and completely dedicated to his clients, Sohail will ensure that you have the best defence available and expertly guide you through every step of the criminal law process.

With his years of experience, extensive legal knowledge, and passion for achieving the best for his clients, Sohail has gained a well-deserved reputation as an accomplished and talented Criminal Defence Solicitor.

If you have been arrested or charged with an indecent image offence, please email Sohail immediately:

Indecent Images Defence  Solicitor Covering police station interviews and court cases in London, St Albans, Hatfield, Watford, Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Bedford, Essex, Milton Keynes, Northampton, High Wycombe, Cambridge & beyond.
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