indecent images

Most of the time people are not aware that they are breaking the law by having indecent images on their computer. However, if you’re found in possession of these type of images, you may be faced with severe penalties including a prison sentence. If you’ve been accused of downloading or uploading indecent images on the internet, you need to speak to an expert internet crime lawyer for assistance.

At Burton Copeland, we understand the law surrounding indecent images and have access to experts in computer forensics who can help build a case for defence. To speak to a solicitor, call us now on 0161 827 9500 or submit your details in our online form and we will get in contact with you.

what are indecent images?

Indecent imagery includes any photographs, videos and files that are deemed unacceptable by a jury. Images are split into three categories outlined in the Sexual Offences Definitive Guideline, which was released in 2013 - these are:

  • Category A - imagery involving penetrative sexual activity including animals and sadism
  • Category B - imagery involving non-penetrative sexual activity
  • Category C - imagery involving erotic posing

production of indecent images

In addition to owning indecent images being a criminal offence, it is also a crime to make them. This includes photographs, videos and pseudo photographs. A pseudo photograph is an image which is made to look like a photograph taken by a camera. Distribution or displaying indecent imagery is also considered a criminal offence, as well as advertising.

how sentences are decided

The prosecution must prove that the suspected indecent images are unacceptable and the possession, creation or distribution of them was deliberate. A sentence is decided by the amount of category A and B images present, meaning a large quantity will bring more chance of a stricter conviction.

Also, there are a number of factors, which could have an impact on the sentence, including:

  • The subject’s age
  • The vulnerability of the subject
  • The pain or distress suffered by the subject

If you are facing charges of indecent imagery, you should seek legal advice from an experienced criminal defence solicitor.

burton copeland: experts in criminal defence

Accusations of possessing, making or distributing indecent imagery can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, particularly if the media have reported on the case. Our solicitors will do everything in their power to build a case for defence by utilising computer forensic experts and finding evidence that shows your innocence.

No matter whether you’ve just been arrested, facing an investigation or been released on bail, the team at Burton Copeland can provide comprehensive advice on your case, letting you know what the next steps are going to be and how best to take them.

contact us today

If you have been accused of possessing or producing indecent images, it is vital you speak with our Manchester-based team today for help with your defence. You can get in touch by either calling us on 0161 827 9500 during office hours or 0161 832 7834 at any other time. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you.