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The advent of social media and other electronic communication has seen the whole topic of virtual sexualised contact leap from social concern to the criminal justice system.  In the wake of the clamour to keep up with technological development we are left with a criminal law that is piecemeal and incomplete, at risk of neither sanctioning the guilty or the dangerous, nor forgiving the youthful or naïve.

Criminal law often turns to the law of malicious or improper communications, in particular in relation to messages that are indecent or grossly offensive.  Some more serious cases might also be covered by offences under the Sexual Offences Act, including causing or inciting sexual activity in a child.

For parents of children who have engaged in peer to peer sexualised contact the involvement of the police can be terrifying and bewildering.  There is a vital balance between essential child protection and allowing the immaturity of youth to explore the boundaries of sexual development without criminalising your child.  Diversion from criminalisation, the effect on future employability, the sex offenders register, and the impact on schooling or university are all examples of the real topics we assist parents and their children with during such cases.  In a world where sexting and the exchange of intimate pictures amongst young people has become commonplace, a sense of proportion and understanding has become a vital if often forgotten feature in the discretionary behaviour of the police and other authorities.

For those communicating over social media platforms the topic of age, or knowledge of the age of participants can be critical.  Likewise, the intention of the communications is crucial to understanding what if any offence may have been committed.  The understanding of risk is also a topic that frequently arises in such cases, from the mutual fantasists to the offender in waiting.  Effective representation at an early stage, including a thorough risk analysis of evidential requirements can make a real difference.We are on your side, and can take you through the process from beginning to end.  We only have highly qualified experts who can be by your side every step of the way.  There is further information available to browse and should you wish to contact us you can be assured of a confidential, impartial and sympathetic approach.
 
The next step is to contact us. Call 01225 485700 or email confidential@mowbraywoodwards.co.uk

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