Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
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A person commits an offence if the person engages in a sexual activity of any kind with an animal. This offence is known as Beastiality and is governed by Section 63A of the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT). It carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 10 years.
The offence of beastiality was only reinstated into legislation in 2010-11 after having been repealed in 1985, before the ACT obtained self-government. ACT sentencing statistics show that only one person has been dealt with under Section 63A since the offence was returned to the statute book, and a good behaviour order was imposed.
The Offence Of Beastiality
The offence of bestiality is set out at Section 63A of the Crimes Act, which provides, “A person commits an offence if the person engages in a sexual activity of any kind with an animal.”
The Legislation Act 2001 provides, at Section 189, that a reference to an offence against an ACT law includes a reference to an offence against the Criminal Code, part 2.4.
This makes it an offence to attempt to commit any criminal offence. A person found guilty of attempting to commit an offence must be found to have carried out conduct that is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the offence attempted.
The maximum penalty for attempting to commit the offence is the same as for the offence itself. If a person is found guilty of attempting to commit an offence, the person cannot later be charged with committing the offence.
What Actions Might Constitute Beastiality?
There is no definition of bestiality in the Crimes Act; however, there is case law that states that the definition would include any form of sexual intercourse with an animal: R v Brown (1889) 24 QBD 357.
Penetration is not required for an offence under this section to arise, as long as there is behaviour that can be defined as some form of sexual intercourse: R v Bourne (1952) 36 Cr App R 125.
As such, both men and women can commit an offence under this section: R v Packer  VLR 225.
What the Police Must Prove
To find a person guilty of a charge of bestiality, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that they carnally knew an animal.
To convict a person of a charge of attempt to commit bestiality, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that they attempted to carnally know an animal.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
As the offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years, you can choose to have your case go before a judge and jury in the Supreme Court or you can consent to the jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court, where the maximum penalty that can be imposed is two years.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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