Sex offences include charges such as sexual assault, act of indecency, indecent assault, prostitution offences and child pornography offences. Other charges include child related sexual offences and offences relating to the procurement of prostitution.
The penalties for these sexual offences in NSW can be very severe, and, if found guilty, can involve extended periods of incarceration. There can also be very severe extended consequences of being convicted with certain types of sex related offences. For example, adult offenders convicted with a sex offence may be placed on the NSW Sex Offenders Register. This may have a severe impact on employment opportunities, and also involves strict reporting obligations for the offender. A person on the register may be required to keep police informed of matters such as their place of residence, place of employment, the motor vehicle they drive, any contact they have or are likely to have with children and any travel plans.
First time offenders may receive less severe penalties such as a section 10 dismissal of charges, good behaviour bond or suspended sentence. The Court will take into account factors such as the good character of the offender, the level of remorse shown and the need for rehabilitation.
If you have been charged with a sex offence, we recommend that
you seek the advice of an expert criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Blair Criminal Lawyers can recommend the best course of action based on your individual circumstances. We
have a proven track record of successfully achieving reduced sentences
and section 10 dismissal of charges.
We also recommend that, before seeking legal advice, you: