If charged with the offence of sexual touching, it is incredibly important to get legal advice and representation as quickly as possible. As former investigators and prosecutors for the state, our two experienced lawyers act quickly in ensuring you have outstanding representation, where the primary focus is about getting the best result possible at Court.
A person is guilty of an offence where that person without the consent of another person, (and knows that the other person does not consent);
- Sexually touches the alleged victim, or
- Incites the alleged victim to sexually touch the alleged offender, or
- Incites a third person to sexually touch the alleged victim, or
- Incites the alleged victim to sexually touch a third person,
A person who commits the offence of sexual touching is liable to imprisonment for five (5) years as a maximum penalty, or seven (7) years if the touching is in circumstances of aggravation (e.g. in the company).
A person charged with such an offence may defend the charge by arguing at Court:
- The touching was consensual;
- The person had a reasonable belief the touching was consensual;
- The touching was done for medical or hygienic purposes.
It is important to know that there are more aggravating offences in respect of sexual touching, which include the sexual touching of a child under the age of ten (10), or between ten (10) and sixteen (16) years. There are also offences of sexual touching where the person is under special care.