Sexual offences are rather unique because they often arise in settings where, apart from the victim making the allegations of impropriety, there are no other witnesses or evidence. For this reason it is often said that such allegations are easy to make but difficult to defend and so the defence must be pro-active in preparing their defence, often before a person has even been charged.
Common examples of sexual offences include sexual assault, rape, indecent treatment of children, unlawful carnal knowledge and the possession/distribution of child exploitation material. With significant improvements in the detection and investigation of child exploitation material offences by police it is critical for a lawyer to have a technical understanding of how offending material can be stored, downloaded or transmitted so as to properly explore if any defences are available to a defendant.
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