SEXUAL CASES

Sexual Cases

Sexual charges come in many forms and they can include anything from a public indecency to sexual violation by rape.  Often there will be only one witness – the complainant – and the charges can be of a historic nature.  This is common, and it does not mean that the prosecution case will fail.

Sexual charges can be extremely confronting and reveal quite personal information.  While you may not want others to know, it is important that you seek proper legal representation right from the start to ensure that you do no harm any potential defences.  Candid and forthcoming instructions are vital to ensuring that we can present the best defence case possible.

We have extensive experience representing people charged with minor and major sexual offences.  Our advice is thorough and measured, and our representation robust.  We also have an excellent track record with all manner of sexual charges.

WE SPECIALISE IN:

We offer specialist representation in all sexually related cases including:

  • sexual violation by rape
  • indecent assault
  • unlawful sexual connection
  • possession/distribution/making of objectionable material
  • historic sexual offences

EXAMPLES

November 2018

A client was charged with sexual conduct with a young person under 12.  The client received a sentence of 8 months home detention following a guilty plea.

October 2018

A client was charged with indecently assaulting two complainants.  John obtained severance of the two complainants allegations on appeal.  He defended the client at a jury trial and received acquittals on all charges in respect of the first complainant.  The remaining charges in respect of the second complainant were dismissed.

October 2018

A client was charged with possession of objectionable material (child pornography).  Following a guilty plea, we obtained a sentence of 4 months’ community detention and 18 months’ intensive supervision.  There was no order for registration on the Child Sex Offenders’ Register.

August 2018

John successfully appealed a sentence imposed in the District Court of 4 years and 2 months for distribution and possession of child pornography. On appeal, the sentence was substituted for one of 3 years and 5 months.

June 2018

A client was charged with rape and unlawful sexual connection.  John successfully defended all three charges in the Sexual Violence Pilot Court and the client was acquitted on all charges.

June 2018

A client was charged with indecent communications with an under 16 year old.  Following a guilty plea, the client was sentenced to 6 months home detention and 12 months supervision.  He was not registered on the Child Sex Offenders Register.

April 2018

A client was charged with possessing and distributing objectionable material with knowledge (child pornography). Following a guilty plea, the client was sentenced to 6 months community detention.

March 2018

A client was charged with rape. John successfully defended the matter at a jury trial and the client was acquitted of the charge.

October 2017

A client was charged with 11 charges relating to historic indecent assaults.  John successfully defended the matter before a Judge alone and the client was acquitted of all the charges which he had pleaded not guilty to. On the remaining charges, John obtained the client a discharge without conviction.

August 2017

A client was charged with rape.  The charge was successfully defended in the sexual violence pilot court where the client was found not guilty and acquitted of the charge.

November 2016

A client was charged with 12 charges of sexual violation and one of stupefying, relating to historic offending.  Following a resolution with the Crown, the Client pleaded guilty to 4 charges of sexual violation and one of indecency with a boy.  The Client was sentenced to 4 years’ and 9 months’ imprisonment.

August 2016

A client was charged with rape and stupefying.  John was able to have the stupefying charge dismissed and successfully took the remaining rape charge to trial.  The client was found not guilty.

June 2016

A young client was charged with having sexual conduct with a young person.  The client pleaded guilty.  John successfully obtained a sentence of community work for the client.

March 2015

A client was charged with serious historic sexual offending against his stepdaughters over a period of five years.  The client pleaded guilty at an early stage.  Despite attracting a starting point of 17-18 years’ imprisonment, John was successfully able to obtain a sentence of 9 years’ imprisonment for the client, with no minimum period of imprisonment.

December 2014

A client was charged with an indecent act on a child.  John successfully defended the charge at a jury trial and the client was acquitted.

I was charged with a serious offence that, if convicted, would have had a devastating (potentially terminal) impact on my career as an international businessman. John and his team went to great lengths to plead my case and pulled off a major coup in achieving diversion against the odds, and thus ensuring that my record stayed clean.

The biggest surprise was the extent to which John took charge, showing leadership, initiative and responsiveness that far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, nor with the experience of dealing with John and his team.

Michael
Devonport