Victoria: What is the Law for Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence?

by Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers

Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence is a crime charged against a person who the police think has threatened to rape or sexually assault another person. 

Examples of Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence

  • Someone threatens to rape another person.
  • Someone threatens to sexually assault another person’s daughter.

What are some of the possible defences to Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence

  • The threat did not relate to a sexual offence.
  • There was no threat.

There are other possible defences depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this

  • How can they prove a threat has been made?
  • How can they prove the threat was to rape or sexually assault?

Maximum penalty for this charge

Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence has a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.

What is the legal definition of Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence

The legal definition of Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence is when somebody (A) threatens to rape to sexually assault another person (B) or a third person (C). The person threatening must:

  • intend that the person they are threatening will believe; or
  • believe that the person they are threatening will probably believe

--- that the person threatening will carry out the threat.

A threat may be made by words or conduct and may be implicit or explicit.

Legislation

The section that covers this offence is section 43 of the Crimes Act 1958.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Threat to Commit a Sexual Offence, seek legal advice immediately. Sexual offences carry serious repercussions when proven guilty and especially upon conviction. Doogue + George Defence Lawyers has accredited criminal law specialists that specialise in criminal defence against sexual charges.

You may also visit this page where this article was originally published: https://www.criminal-lawyers.com.au/offences/threat-commit-sexual-offence.



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