Indecent communications 

The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 section 34 deals with the crime of indecent communications. If you are suspected or charged with such an offence, then you must contact our team of specialist sexual offence lawyers without delay.

Indecent Communications FAQ

A: Indecent communications are written or verbal sexual communications that are sent without consent and done for sexual gratification or to humiliate, distress or alarm the victim.

Prompt advice and assistance in such cases are crucial, as what may have been an innocent exchange could see you facing a prison sentence. A conviction on indictment could mean up to five years imprisonment (and up to 10 where it involves communications with a young child). Our team of sexual offences solicitors are highly experienced in defending such cases.

What is indecent communication?

This offence is committed when a person sends a sexual written communication intentionally or directs a sexual, verbal communication to someone else without their consent and where there was no reasonable belief that the person was consenting.

The offence occurs only where the communication was made for sexual gratification or to humiliate, distress or alarm the victim and can be in any form such as an email or text or audio recording etc. Verbal communication of a sexual nature can also be in any form.

What are the penalties when a child is involved?

The 2009 Act deals with communicating indecently with children (under 13), which carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine or both. The Act also deals with offences involving older children between the ages of 13 and 15, where the maximum prison sentence is five years on indictment. The law also covers situations where a person causes a child to see indecent material but has not actually sent it to them. An allegation of indecent sexual communications with a child is a serious matter. If you are suspected or charged with such an offence, then you must contact our team of specialist sexual offence lawyers without delay.

Indecent Communications solicitors

Our team of specialist indecent communications lawyers have a great wealth of experience in handling indecent communications cases and sexual offence cases in general. Often sexual offence cases are complex and involve a large amount of evidence. Contact our team of specialist lawyers, who will leave no stone unturned in the preparation of your defence when faced with life-changing allegations such as sexual offence allegations. 

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