Accused of a sexual offence?
Sexually based offences are arguably some of the most emotive in the criminal calendar. It is beyond dispute that cases involving allegations of serious sexual offences against both adults and children allegedly committed by adults or children are some of the most difficult to investigate, prosecute and defend. Rightly there has been much progress made in advocating victims rights and making the process for complainants, from initial investigation through to prosecution and giving evidence at court, more accessible and less traumatic. However, there has been no similar attention and care given to those accused of such crimes, specifically those falsely accused.
False allegations of criminal offending can and often do result in significant damage at any time but false allegations of sexual offences and those committed against children in particular, are the most damaging of all. Not just because of their serious nature and potential legal and financial ramifications but also because of the reputational damage and social stigma.
Fortunately, we have a vast experience of defending children and adults accused of all types of sexual offences. We deal with each case and each client with compassion and sensitivity underpinned by practical and sound legal advice. We have particular experience of media strategy when defending high profile and or public figures, especially when accused of these types of offences.
We are frequently instructed to defend people against false allegations and to expose such falsehoods. If you have been falsely accused of a crime you did not commit please contact us for a discreet and confidential discussion on how we can assist you.
How we can help
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AD of Hampshire
R v JE Kingston upon Thames Crown Court March 2021
Drew Pettifer acted for a Defendant charged with sexually abusing two boys whom he met over an adult dating app.
R v L 2021 Guildford Crown Court
Successful defence against allegations of Attempted Rape.
R v IH 2020 Guildford Crown Court
Drew Pettifer acted in a cold case stranger rape of a child where DNA was crucial.
SPA v N 2018 Colchester Court Martial Centre
Drew Pettifer acted for a member of the UK Armed Forces who was acquitted following trial on charge of Attempted Sexual assault by penetration and Sexual Assault.
R v M 2015 Winchester Crown Court
Ruth Cassidy was successful in 2015 of defending a member of HM Armed Forces against an allegation of Rape.
Metropolitan Police v Field Marshal The Lord Bramall ‘Operation Midland’ 2015
Drew Pettifer and Ruth Cassidy successfully defended Field Marshall The Lord Bramall against allegations of serious historic sexual offences as part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s investigation in to a paedophile network of public figures. This was a case involving unprecedented national media attention and very serious accusations. As a result, Drew has developed significant experience in dealing with the media and has a number of contacts.
R v H 2013 Winchester Crown Court
Drew Pettifer acted for a Head teacher acquitted by unanimous verdict on a charge of Sexual Assault against a child.
R v W 2021 Guildford Crown Court
Successful defence against allegations of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour and related offences in a domestic context.