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If you (or someone you care about) have been charged with a serious offence such as Assault or Sexual Assault, it is important that you keep a level head, and seek the best advice possible.

LAC Lawyers have a team of criminal alwyers with a great deal of experience in defending people charged with Sexual Assault and other sex offences. They can help you through the process, tell you what to expect and what you will need to do. Their aim – the best result possible.

If you have been charged with Sexual Assault or any other Sex Offence, contact  LAC today on 1300 309 551.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a serious crime and is defined to mean sexual crimes against an individual. It involves the unwanted touching of a person’s body. The victim of sexual assault is not at fault. Sexual assault occurs when a person is unable to or des not give consent. When one has been sexually assaulted the first thing to do is to go to the police who’s primary concern is to protect the victim. There are other forms of assistance that are also available to the victim.

Acts generally classified as sexual assault are un-consented sexual intercourse, indecent assault and acts of indecency. The victim of sexual assault can suffer severe and long term effects. Very often the victim knows the person who has assaulted them. A victim of sexual assault can sue in the civil courts as assault is also tort. Therefore the victim can sue the guilty person in the civil courts for damages. The guilty person can be dealt with either summarily (local court) or by indictment (District Court before Judge and Jury) the former being the more favourable.

When the matter is reported to the police the matters proceeds in the criminal courts. There are instances where the victim does not report to the police and can go straight to the courts. In these instances, the victim must provide sufficient evidence of the wrong doing. The victim need to provide evidence of the injury sustained and this includes actual physical harm as well as psychological or psychiatric harm. This can be in the form of a statutory declaration by someone with knowledge of the assault or a medical practitioner, medical report and hospital records. The Victims Services Approved Counsellor’s report can support a claim. All evidence should be provided to the assessor to understand the extent of the assault against you and make an appropriate award to you.

Depending on which category of the offence the victim proceeds, if the guilty person is convicted in the criminal court they can receive an award in the civil courts.

If you have been charged with Sexual Assault or any other Sex Offence, contact  LAC today on 1300 309 551.

The Best Defence for Sexual Assault & Sex Offences

LAC Lawyers have a team of lawyers with the experience in criminal law cases that you need to get the best outcome. The following is a selection of our currently practicing criminal lawyers.

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Sexual Assault Articles

Criminal Law - Victims Of Crime - Claims For Sexual Abuse Or Sexual Assault - V.O.C.A.T. - Parents Or Guardians - Special Financial Assistance

Date: December 12, 2013
Author(s): Michael Tourkakes LL.B., Grad.Dip.(Leg Prac), Adv.Dip.Bus.(Leg Prac)

Criminal Law – Sexual Offences (Vic)

Date: February 20, 2012
Author(s): Carmel Stagnitti LL,B. (Hons.) , Grad.Dip. (Legal Practice) , BA. (PolStuds) , Adv.Dip. (Criminal Justice)
Sexual crime is a serious offence within our community. Depending on the circumstances, if you are found guilty and convicted of a sexual offence the penalties may involve imprisonment.

Criminal Law - Child Abuse

Date: November 16, 2011
Author(s): Angelita Manlangit LL.B.
There is no exact figure as to how many children in Australia are suffering from child abuse. But one thing is for sure, it is heart-breaking. It is a complex issue that is all too often ignored. Child abuse is a situation where a child suffers significant harm from an injury caused by the child’s parent or guardian. This can take the form of emotional, mental or physical abuse.

Criminal Law - GBH - Grevious Bodily Harm

Date: August 12, 2009
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
These offences are in effect a more serious assault. To have committed these offences what is required is an act of malice that causes the wound or the grievous bodily harm. Such an act would, however, in the ordinary course constitute an assault as well.

Criminal Law - Have you been charged with assaulting police?

Date: April 03, 2009
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
It has been a long week at work, you decide to unwind and have a couple of beers at your local pub. Unfortunately you don’t know when to stop as you’re having a great time but are annoying some of the patrons at the same time. The management ask you to leave and you refuse.

Criminal Law - What constitutes an assualt and possible defences

Date: January 16, 2009
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Whosoever assaults any person, although not occasioning actual bodily harm, shall be liable to imprisonment for two years

Criminal Law, Sports Law - Sexual acts with a minor can lead to serious consequences for a young professional

Date: January 16, 2009
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
The legislation of all states have embodied in their Crimes Acts various penalties for sexual related offences. The parliaments of the States regard these matters very seriously and the penalties prescribed are often severe.

Criminal Law - Need info on Bail, read this!

Date: September 25, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Some handy information on Bail.

Criminal Law - The Pro's And Con's Of taking Part In A Police Interview

Date: September 25, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
The decision as to whether to participate in a record of interview with police is often a difficult one to make. There are various advantages and disadvantages in doing so, therefore, it is important that competent legal advice is obtained. LAC Lawyers are able to assist and advise you whether you should participate in such an interview.

Criminal Law - Assault Occassioning Actual Bodily Harm

Date: September 24, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers

Criminal Law - Child Pornography

Date: January 15, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
It is a serious offence to possess or disseminate child pornography. Possession of child pornography is punished by up to 5 years imprisonment and dissemination by up to 10 years.

Criminal Law - Slavery and/or Sexual Servitude

Date: August 01, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Slavery in Australia has been a criminal offence since 1824 due to the application of the Slave Trade Act 1824. In 1999, the Criminal Code Amendment (Slavery and Sexual Servitude) Act 1999 was enacted.

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Michael Pickering is our most senior solicitor employed in the Melbourne Branch of LAC Lawyers Pty Ltd. He deals with a wide range of matters. He has over 30 years experience as a lawyer which he applies for the benefit of clients whether large or small.

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