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Criminal Offences

Lawson Legal represents clients charged with a wide range of criminal offences, which frequently include the following.

ASSAULT

Assaults in Western Australia are taken very seriously, irrespective on how minor the incident is. Depending upon the facts of the assault, different penalties will apply. The severity of the assault will determine the charge that is preferred against a person. There are several categories of assault consisting of common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm (AOBH) and grievous bodily harm (GBH).

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual Assault includes a broad range of sexual offences committed against a person. Sexual Assault is an offence of violence and the penalties are severe. These offences include sexual intercourse without consent and indecent assault. In most cases, an additional charge of deprivation of liberty will also be added to the sexual assault charge.

ROBBERY

Robbery is the unlawful taking of property with intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property, accompanied by the use or threatened use of immediate force or violence. A person can be charged with armed robbery if they threaten or use physical force to steal or take something from someone, whilst armed with a dangerous weapon.

BURGLARY

Burglary on a dwelling is to enter any building, structure, tent or caravan that is ordinarily used for human habitation, without consent, and with the intention to commit any offence. Burglary on a non-dwelling is to enter a building, structure or even a tent, other than a dwelling, without the owner’s consent, with intent to commit any offence.

STEALING

The offence of stealing is the taking or obtaining of money, goods or services, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner or possessor of the use of the money or goods. It can be borrowing something from someone without intending to return it.  There are several categories of stealing.

DRUG OFFENCES

Serious drug offences include the sale, supply, cultivation or manufacture of a prohibited drug or plant. Lesser drug offences include the possession or use of a prohibited drug or plant, or the unlawful possession of a smoking implement.