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Facing an allegation of sexual misconduct? Contact Pascoe Criminal Law for expert advice and representation.

Sexual offences are prevalent in Victoria. According to statistics published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2019, Victoria had the 3rd lowest rate of sexual offence offending across Australia (behind Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory).

Most Sexual Offences in Victoria are prosecuted under the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) and are indictable offences

In Victoria, the sexual offences prosecuted by our Courts are contained in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic). The scenarios out of which a sexual allegation will arise are numerous. Within a workplace scenario, allegations of sexual harassment, may result in criminal charges. For sexual offences brought under the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) no time limit applies, and it is commonplace for the Courts to hear allegations of a historical nature dating back many years.

Some sexual offences can be heard in the Magistrates’ Court, other offences in the County Court

Depending upon the seriousness of the allegation, a sexual offence will usually be heard in either the Magistrates' Court or the County Court. The law regards sexual offending against children as being particularly serious and these types of charges are heard in the County Court.

Registration under the Sex Offenders Registration Act mandatory for some sexual offences

The consequences of being charged with a sexual offence can be severe, and legal advice should be obtained urgently

Being charged with a sexual offence can have life altering consequences, and legal advice should always be sought, and sought early as to how to respond to any sexual offence allegation.  For allegations involving children, even where they are historical in nature (going back many decades for instance), the consequences of a finding of guilt will inevitably lead to adverse consequences such as registration under the Sex Offenders Register (as governed by the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 (Vic)).  For more information regarding the implications of the Sex Offender Registration Act refer to our blog.

Case study: Rape Trial. Not Guilty verdict.

Outcome: In a trial that lasted 18 days, our client was found not guilty on all counts. The trial was hard-fought and our client was spared the prospect of immediate imprisonment. 

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If you are facing an allegation of sexual offending, early preparation is key. Call (03) 9668 7600 or send us a message to get a free case assessment.

Pascoe Criminal Law​

Level 8, 350 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000


Fight Charges & Avoid Penalties

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Outcome: Without conviction, fine $800, minimum statutory disqualification of 12 months.

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Traffic Offences

Do you have to appear in Court for Dangerous Driving, Fail to leave name and address, Drive disqualified, or any other traffic offence?
Get expert advice and representation from an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.  

Traffic offences such as Dangerous driving, careless driving, Drive whilst disqualified, Fail to leave name and address, are prosecuted under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).  

Many of these offences carry the risk of license suspension or cancellation. Some categories of traffic offences, such as drink or drug driving may result in mandatory license disqualification. ​

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