Sexual Assault Lawyer

Charged with sexual offences? Our award winning criminal lawyers in Sydney are Australia’s most trusted, sought-after and experienced sexual assault lawyers Sydney has to offer.

Our sex offence lawyers in Sydney consists of only the top, most exclusive instructed criminal barristers as part of our sex crime solicitors team. Our team also extend to sexual assault lawyers in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as a nationally sought-after defence team.

Having a trusted and experienced criminal defence lawyer by your side will take away a lot of the burden and stress of facing these allegations alone.

The right defence team will significantly improve your chances at getting the best possible outcome by exploring all your options with a highly customised approach to your case.

For decades we’ve successfully represented amongst Australia’s most high profile international and domestic clients in serious sexual assault cases across the Local, District and Supreme Courts. We’ve achieved ‘not guilty’ verdicts and early withdrawal of charges countless times.

Our high success in sexual assault cases is reflected in our highly personalised approach to every case. We work with only the best Sydney barristers who’re known to specialise only in sexual assault trials.

Our experienced defence team guarantee to fight for you at every stage.

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Sexual Rape and Intercourse without Consent

Sexual consent, according to law requires the sexual consent age to be 16 years of age in Australia. Adult Sexual intercourse is lawful if all parties consent. Sex without consent is a crime.

Consent is when a person freely and voluntarily agrees to participate. It can be verbal or expressed by conduct.

Drug facilitated sexual assault offences carry the same penalties as rape because a victim who is intoxicated from drugs or alcohol may be considered incapable of giving consent.

Drug-facilitated sexual assault is the administration of a drug that renders a victim unconscious or helpless to a point that he/she is incapable of consenting or withdrawing consent during sexual intercourse or any sexual conduct. It may also cause the victim to not remember the incident, yet leave him/her with a sense of at least feeling violated.

Common drugs used in drug facilitated sexual assaults are linked to the abuse of prohibited drugs, including alcohol, which reduces a person’s inhibitions that can lead to incapacitation. Other drugs used in drug facilitated sexual assault crimes includes GHB, Rohypnol (a benzodiazepine), Ketamine, and Soma. other sedative hypnotics are also used. These types of drugs usually cause the victim to become unconscious.

The penalties for sexual assault without consent ranges from 14-years to life imprisonment depending on the type of sexual assault. Jail can be avoided in very few cases.

The below table outlines the rape cases in Australia, NSW higher Courts taken from the Judicial Commission of NSW judicial information research system.

s 61 Sexual Intercourse Without Consent Sentences in NSW Higher Courts (24 Sept 2018 – 31 Dec 2020)
Penalty Type Percentage Cases
Section 10 non-conviction 0 0
Conditional Release Order (non-conviction) 0 0
Fine Only 0 0
Conditional Release Order Conviction 0 0
Community Correction Order 6.1% 10
Intensive Correction Order 0 0
Imprisonment 93.9% 155

Common issues in a legal rape case is whether there was consent, or whether the sexual conduct occurred.

Another type of this offence can be found by clicking the link on sexual offences against cognitive impaired people.

An experienced criminal defence team will relentlessly fight against the charges by helping you navigate through the court process and strengthen your defence to focus on getting charges dismissed early.

The right defence team with the right attitude is crucial.

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Sexual Touching | Sexual Harassment | Aggravated Indecent Assault

Inappropriate touching is as much a crime as an aggravated indecent assault. These sexual touching without consent offences carry heavy criminal penalties.

Examples of indecent assault or a sexual touching offence includes touching the genitals area of another person without consent or rubbing your genital area against another person’s body without consent. There are many forms of indecent assault examples.

Sexual harassment in the workplace commonly occurs in Australia. Facing sexual harassment allegations are daunting which may end up being referred to the police.

These are all types of unwanted sexual touching which are also commonly called groping offences.

It’s a crime to sexually touch another person without consent. The penalties range from 2 to 7 years imprisonment, depending on the type of charge.

With the right approach and a strong defence team, these charges can be dismissed. If choosing to plead guilty, jail and conviction can be avoided.

Get a comprehensive case analysis of your case by our team of experienced criminal defence lawyers today. We’ll explore all your options to maximise your chances at getting the best possible outcome.

Click the below link for more information on sexual touching offences, penalties, available defences, what the prosecution need to prove, and your options.

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Sexual Acts

Sexual acts towards a person without consent is a crime if reasonable people consider it ‘sexual’. This offence used to be called an indecent act or an act of indecency in NSW.

The penalties range from 18 months to 3 years imprisonment, depending on the type of sexual act or public indecency offence in NSW.

Choosing the right team of criminal defence lawyers will maximise your chances at getting the charge dismissed early, or if you choose to plead guilty, it can significantly improve your chances at avoiding a criminal record on sentence with a Section 10 non conviction.

Click on the link below for more information on sexual act offences, penalties, available defences, your options, and what the prosecution need to prove.

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Child Sex Offences

The penalties for child sex offences vary from 2 years to life imprisonment, depending on the type of child sex offence.

A child sex conviction stays on your record for life. It impacts your career, your working with children check clearance, and puts you on the sex offender registry in Australia. The NSW sex offender registry impose onerous compliance obligations.

An experienced criminal defence lawyer will help carefully navigate you through the court process, review the evidence to find the best strategic approach to your case, including negotiations to try to get charge dropped early.

With decades of experience, we have achieved outstanding ‘not guilty’ verdicts and early withdrawals of these charges countless times. Choosing the right defence team can make a significant difference.

Common child sex offences include, child abuse material, child grooming, sexual acts with or towards a child, sexually touch a child, and sexual intercourse with a child, including historical child sex abuse offences.  This is our specialty. Click on the link below for more or give us a call to discuss.

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Upskirting and Filming Someone without Consent in Australia

Filming a persons’ private parts or filming someone engaged in a private act without consent is a crime. Laws on taking or using photos without permission or filming in public places in Australia prescribe heavy penalties ranging from 2 to 5 years imprisonment depending on the type of charge.

This is a ‘summary offence’, which means the Local Court will deal with it, not the District Court, unless the offence is ‘aggravated’. Examples of this offence includes up-skirting girls resulting in an up-skirting photo or up-skirting video without consent.

A specialist defence team will thoroughly look into your case to develop the best customised approach to your case. This includes exploring the negotiations path to get charges dropped early to avoid a conviction.

Click the link below to explore more about this charge, penalties, defences, options in court and what the prosecution is required to prove.

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Revenge Porn Law & Sextortion Offences & Image Based Abuse

Revenge porn in NSW, according to Australian revenge porn laws is known as the offence of recording or sending intimidate images without consent. Revenge pornography is a common form of domestic violence abuse and is also sometimes called ‘sextortion’ where an offender uses it to blackmail to gain power.

Revenge porn cases commonly involve receiving an intimate image from the victim voluntarily. However, this does not amount to consent for its distribution.

The penalties range from 2 to 3 year as imprisonment depending on the type of charge.

Picking the right defence team of sextortion lawyers can significantly improve your chances at getting charges withdrawn early, and successfully avoiding a conviction and jail.

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Sexting Laws NSW | Using Carriage Service to Send Nudes

Using a carriage service, like a smart phone or computer with internet access to send private sexual material without consent is a crime.

This offence is a commonwealth offence commonly prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). The offence commonly occurs in a domestic relationship and is a form of domestic abuse.

Laws on sexting in Australia prescribe penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment. With the right defence team and approach to your case, the charges can be dismissed either with a ‘not guilty’ verdict in court, or from early negotiations.

Click the link below for details on this charge, its penalties, defences, your options and what the prosecution must prove.

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Voyeurism Offences

Voyeurism sex is the offence of watching someone, without consent, performing a private act for your sexual arousal while you’re aware there’s no consent. Voyeurism laws prescribe penalties ranging from 2 to 5 years imprisonment, depending on the type of charge.

Picking the right criminal defence team to fight by your side is critical to the success of your case.

The right defence team will explore all your options, guide you at each phase of the court process and fight to get the charges dismissed early, or if pleading guilty, place you in the best position to get a s10 non-conviction sentence outcome.

Click on this link below for what you need to know on voyeurism offences, penalties, available defences, your options, and what the prosecution must prove.

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Sexual Servitude Offences | Sexual Slavery | Human Trafficking Australia

Sexual slavery is called sexual servitude under the law. It’s also often referred to as human trafficking and slavery.

Sexual servitude is when a person provides sexual services, and because of threats or use of force, that person isn’t free to stop or leave. The penalties range from 10 to 15 years imprisonments, depending on the type of charge.

Sexual servitude cases and human trafficking cases in Australia includes threats to deport or use force.

The right defence team will promptly guide and help you navigate through the daunting court process with ease, while tirelessly preparing your case to strengthen your defence position.

An experienced defence lawyer should first try to negotiate to get the charges dropped early before the case reaches a trial or hearing in court.

Click on the below link for more information on sexual servitude offences, penalties, available defences, your options, and what the prosecution must prove.

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Incest

Incest laws in Australia impose heavy penalties for committing the crime of having or trying to have sex with a close family member. The penalty for this carries up to 8 years imprisonment. Consent is not a defence.

An experienced criminal defence lawyer will explore all your options available in your case with a customised approach. Getting charges withdrawn early or ‘not guilty’ verdicts depends on how much effort is put into your case. To get a full case analysis, contact our team today.

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