Revenge porn is a sexual offence. It is classified as such in Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

Depending on the severity of the offence, revenge porn cases can either be heard in a Magistrate’s or Crown Court.

The maximum custodial sentence that can be handed down is two years.

Falsely Accused Of Revenge Porn?

Section 33 defines revenge porn as ‘Disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.’

The law applies to both online and offline activity. So, for example an allegation of revenge porn can be made if material is shared electronically via social media or physical shown to a third party (explicit photos or video).

A photograph or film is deemed to be private if it shows something that would not ordinarily be seen in public.

For something to be classed as sexual, it requires that the images or videos show the person’s genitals or include sexual acts or a person posing in “a sexually provocative way”.

How Can We Help If You Have Been Accused Of Revenge Porn?

If an allegation of revenge porn is made against you, it is important to seek expert legal guidance as soon as possible.

There are a number of sexual offence defences that can be considered for various accusations, including revenge porn.

Monan Gozzett has a dedicated team of lawyers for revenge porn accusations. We can advise on the best course of action to take as soon as an allegation has been made, as well as arrange for police station attendance and pre-charge representation.

We also vigorously defend clients at trial and advise them throughout the appeal process if they are already convicted at the time of our instruction. We appreciate the need to handle each case sensitively and with discretion, ensuring that you and your family are supported throughout each stage of the process.


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