Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA) represented the most important overhaul of the law governing sexual offences for at least 100 years. Some offences have been discarded, others have been redefined and many new ones have been created. Part 1 of the Act created over 50 offences. Some carry different sentences depending upon the precise factual ingredients proved. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 was fully into force on 1 May 2004.

The SOA 2003 does not discriminate between men and women and does not discriminate between those of different sexual orientation. All offences are gender neutral in that they can be committed by either sex, apart from rape as a principal. The Act also aims to refocus the law on critical issues such as consent and protection of sexual autonomy.

Note that the old law will apply to offences committed before the 1st May 2004.

For details of some of the more common offences, please refer to the sub menu in this section on the left.

McKenzies have significant experience in dealing with the whole spectrum of sexual offences and has been involved in some of the most high profile cases of recent times. For a free consultation please call or email us using the form below.

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