Why choose McKenzie McLaughlin Law?
A sexual assault defence lawyer must have an abundance of experience in this specialised area of criminal law to give an accused person the best possible representation. As a previous prosecutor and criminal investigator working with NSW Police Force Detectives, Josh has an outstanding understanding of the processes involved in piecing together a sexual assault investigation. This is a terrific advantage for any person charged with such an offence.
As a Police Prosecutor and solicitor for the Director or Public Prosecutions, James has a significant amount of understanding as to the strengths and weaknesses of a sexual assault investigation and the brief of evidence.
By choosing Josh and James to represent you, you are making a wise decision. Their backgrounds give them unique insight that can only be viewed as a significant advantage for any client. This will give you a strong advantage when defending any matter; from when you are charged, all the way through to completion.
What is a sexual assault offence?
Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 18 is exposed to particular sexual acts.
What issues often arise in a sexual assault investigation and prosecution?
Sexual assaults are most often committed with only the complainant present. That means that it is often the word of one person against the other. Also, the circumstances of a case may be that consent to a sexual act has been withdrawn. It is also possible that a person having had consensual sex is the subject of a criminal allegation because the complainant is angry, revengeful, embarrassed or simply unhappy with the other person after the event. In such circumstances, the accused person often is confronted with DNA evidence, and medical evidence to confirm that a sexual act took place.
Another difficulty with criminal sex matters is that the complaint is sometimes not made until a very long time after the alleged incident.
What do I do if charged with sexual assault?
If charged with a sexual assault, it is important that legal advice is sought immediately from lawyers who know how investigations and prosecutions play out. Don’t underestimate the advantage of having Josh and James by your side in your court matter. Contact them for non-judgmental, experienced and reliable legal representation.