Our experienced sexual offence lawyers can provide you with much needed advice and representation
- In Victoria, sex related crimes are considered to be very serious and fall under the category of indictable offences
- Legal representation is imperative in these cases as they can be complex and distressing
- JDA lawyers are highly experienced in providing advice and representation for sexual offences heard in the Magistrates’ and County Court
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Types of Sexual Offences
Sex related crimes are defined in the Crimes Act 1958, with considerable amendments recently made in The Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Act 2014.
There are various crimes listed which relate to minors, physical acts, non-physical acts and distribution of material.
Note that consent in these cases is considered unable to be given if you are:
- Drug affected
- Asleep or unconscious
- Unable to understand the sexual nature of what is happening
- Forced or fearful of force
- Aged 12 and under
Other circumstances may also constitute a lack of consent.
Penalties for Sexual Offences Include:
- The charge being noted on your criminal record
- A fine
- Maximum jail sentences of between 1 and 25 years
Experienced criminal lawyers can help you understand a specific charge.
Read on for detailed information on some of the major sexual offences.
Formerly covered by Indecent Assault, Sexual Assault is listed in Section 40 of the Crimes Act 1958 as non-consensual sexual touching.
It does not include non-consensual penetration, which falls under the crime of Rape.
The maximum penalty for committing Sexual Assault is ten years in prison.Read more
- The defendant intentionally touched the person in question in the alleged way.
- The touching was sexual
- Consent was not given by the individual
- The defendant did not reasonably believe the individual in question consented
Defences to this crime include reasonable belief that the individual in question consented, or mental incapacity of the accused.
A specialist criminal lawyer can help you understand the specifications of your case and develop the best court strategy for you.
In Victoria, Rape is considered a very serious crime and is listed in the new Section 38 of the Crimes Act 1958. The Act defines Rape as the inentional sexual penetration of another person without their consent, or the reasonable belief that they consented.
Other subsections outline Rape by compelling sexual penetration, by which an individual intentionally causes another person to penetrate a third non-consenting individual.Read more
- Inserting any part of the penis into the vagina, anus or mouth
- Putting any part of an object or another part of the body, ie. finger or tongue, into the vagina or anus of another person
A Rape charge and trial can be extremely stressful so it is important to have legal advice and representation that you trust.
Contact a criminal lawyer as soon as possible if you are charged with the crime of Rape.
Other Specific Sex Related Offences Include:
- Indecent Acts
- Production of Child Pornography
- Posession of Child Abuse Material
- Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence
- Sexual Exposure
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