Your Sex Crime Solicitors in Sydney
Being faced with charge of this nature can be stressful and confusing, especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re being accused of or why. Some people charged with this type of offence feel ashamed about seeking out self with their legal defence. At Criminal & Traffic Law, your sexual assault lawyer will help you understand the charges which have been laid against you, and what your options are for a defence. We do not judge – we just inform, support and serve.
Charges we can help you with
SEXUAL ASSAULT (RAPE)
This offence involves a person having “sexual intercourse” with another person without the consent of the other person and with knowledge that the other person does not consent (section 61I Crimes Act 1900). A sexual assault lawyer at our office will be able to explain how this definition applies to your matter.
“Sexual intercourse”, includes the penetration of female genitalia or the anus of any person by any body part or object, as well as oral sex (section 61H Crimes Act 1900).
The maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment.
Then, there are situations in which the offence is deemed to be worse because of the circumstances surrounding it. Aggravated sexual assault involves situations where:
• Actual bodily harm is intentionally or recklessly inflicted, or
• Actual bodily harm is threatened, or
• The offence is committed in the company of another person or other people, or
• The alleged victim is under the authority of the alleged offender, or
• The alleged victim is under the age of 16 years, or
• The alleged victim suffers from a physical disability, or
• The alleged victim suffers from a cognitive impairment, or
• The alleged offender breaks and enters a dwelling house or other building with the intention of committing the offence, or
• The alleged offender deprives the alleged victim of his or her liberty (section 61J Crimes Act 1900).
The maximum penalty is 20 years imprisonment.
If you’re facing a charge, you may benefit from speaking to a sexual assault lawyer at our Sydney office as soon as possible. Call us on (02) 9723 3522 to make an appointment with one of our sex crime solicitors.