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In all areas of criminal law, Tom Eckersley and Peter Haarsma head up a team of experienced and highly respected criminal lawyers
Criminal lawyers in a tropical paradise
In all areas of criminal law, Tom Eckersley and Peter Haarsma head up a team of experienced and highly respected criminal lawyers
Sexual offences
Sexual offences are viewed by the courts in Queensland as extremely serious and custodial sentences are often handed down

Sexual Offences are normally associated with, Rape and Attempted Rape, Sexual Assault, Possessing Child Exploitation Material, Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, Sexual Offences Against Children and Indecent Acts.

Rape is broadly defined to be all forms of penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth.

In theory, no one form of penetration is any more serious than the other.

The offence is gender neutral, which means that both men and women may commit rape or be victims of it.

Sexual Assault offences occurs where a person, unlawfully and indecently assaults another, procures another person without their consent to either, commit an act of gross indecency or witness an act of gross indecency.

Indecent Treatment of Children include indecently dealing with a child in any number of ways including procuring a child committed indecent act, permitting a child to be indecently dealt with, exposing a child to an indecent act and recording an indecent visual image of a child.

Child Exploitation Material include the making of, distributing and possessing material such as photographs or video images of real people who appear to be under the age of 16 years. Legislation dictates that an offender convicted of a child images offence must receive an actual custodial sentence unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Indecent Acts are wilful offences pertaining to an indecent act in public or to wilfully do so in any place with intent to insult or offend any person. The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for two years.

You will need help if you been charged with a sexual offense

There are also significant consequences should a person be convicted of this type of offence.

They may be required to become a reportable offender under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act.

The person may also either not be able to gain or lose their Blue Card. This type of conviction may also have serious consequences on future employment.

If police are seeking to interview you, or if you have actually been charged in relation to any of these types of offences it is vital that you contact us to enable us to provide you with the best legal representation.

With advancements in technology detection of child exploitation material, it is imperative that your lawyer have the technical expertise to understand how to represent you. Having this expertise helps to properly defend you against these charges.

These are sensitive and difficult issues to discuss but an accused will always be treated with dignity and respect when being represented by E&H Law.

If you have been, or think you may be, interviewed or charged with a sex offence or related offence contact our team of experienced criminal defence lawyers immediately.


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Assault is a broad category that refers to the use or threatened use of force by one person against another which is not authorised, justified or excused by law. They can be categorised into 5 main areas and police consider all to be.

Drug offences

Drug Offences cover charges such as possession, production, and trafficking of controlled substances. The charges will vary based on the amounts and type of drugs, it is serious and can have lasting consequences.

Driving offences

In Queensland, all drivers need to be aware of the complex rules and requirements when driving any vehicle on any road. These laws and any traffic charges are strictly enforced as are drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

Dishonesty offences

Dishonesty Offences and can cover a broad range of circumstances where a person can obtain property, take advantage, gain a benefit, or cause detriment to another person. These types of offences can be quite minor to extremely serious.

Sexual offences

Sexual offences are normally associated with, rape and attempted rape, sexual assault, possessing child exploitation material, unlawful carnal knowledge, sexual offences against children and , indecent acts and are serious.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence is behaviour in a relationship that is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically or economically abusive, threatening, coercive or in any other way controls or dominates the second person.



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