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What should I do if I am charged with a sexual offence in Ireland?

If you are charged with a sexual offence in Ireland, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights and mount a strong defense. Here are some steps you should consider taking:

  1. Seek legal advice: Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can advise you on your rights and the legal process, as well as represent you in court.

  2. Gather evidence: If you have any evidence that could support your defense, such as witness statements or physical evidence, gather it and share it with your lawyer.

  3. Be honest with your lawyer: It's important to be honest with your lawyer about the facts of the case, even if they are difficult or embarrassing. Your lawyer needs to know the full picture in order to build the strongest possible defense.

  4. Attend court hearings: It is important to attend all court hearings related to your case. Failure to appear can result in additional charges or penalties.

  5. Consider your options: Depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be a range of legal options available to you. Your lawyer can advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation.

It is important to note that sexual offences are taken very seriously in Ireland, and the penalties can be severe. If you are charged with a sexual offence, it is essential to seek legal advice and take the situation seriously.


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