Being arrested or cautioned can be upsetting and confusing. If it is linked to your identity it can make finding information or assistance harder. Galop can give you advice and support if you have been warned, caution or arrested and help you to make informed decisions about the process and implications.
Read Robert’s story
Robert is a bisexual man who is not open about his sexuality. He had sex with another man in a local cruising ground in daytime. Although he thought he couldn’t be seen, a complaint resulted in him being arrested and asked to attend his local police station for interview.
Robert contacted Galop as he was devastated by the arrest and extremely worried about the consequences including losing his job. Galop gave Robert the space to talk through what happened to him. We gave him advice about police processes and what offence he might be charged with. Although Robert was extremely stressed by the whole process he found the on-going support from Galop invaluable.
Robert was charged with Outraging Public Decency and had to attend Magistrates Court. Robert wanted legal advice and Galop put him in contact with a solicitor who specialised in sexual offences. Following advice from his solicitor Robert decided to plead guilty, though he felt he’d been in a much stronger position to be able to make an informed decision.
Robert found it difficult to get advice about the consequences of the conviction, particularly the possible implications for his current employment, as he was due to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check. Galop gave Robert advice on CRB checks and referred him to Pink Law. Robert was able to get some free legal advice on employment law and how to deal with his employers.
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