Have you been charged with Offence to Interfere With Corpse of A Human Being?
If so, you must engage the services of a law firm that specialises in criminal law.
This offence is serious. If found guilty, you could face 5 years in prison. Some questions you will need to carefully consider with your lawyer include:
Can the prosecution make out their case? Did you intend to interfere with a human corpse? Did you commit an indecent act with the corpse? Did you remove any body parts from the corpse? Did you act alone?
Please read below for more information on this charge.
Section 34B of the Crimes Act 1958.
The prosecution must prove:
The defendant intentionally interfered with or committed an indecent act with the corpse of a human being; or
The defendant unlawfully removed body parts from the corpse of human being.
The maximum penalty
Level 6 imprisonment being a maximum of 5 years.
Where will my case be heard?
Offence to Interfere With Corpse of A Human Being cases will usually be heard in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
Questions to consider
Do you have a defence?
If you are pleading guilty, what can you do to minimise your sentence?
What to do next?
Obtain the services of an experienced criminal lawyer urgently.
Good preparation is vital to a successful outcome. Ensure that you don’t leave it to the last minute..
If you have been charged with Offence to Interfere With Corpse of A Human Being make an appointment to see one of our experienced lawyers today.
34B Offence to interfere with corpse of a human being
(1) A person must not intentionally—
(a) interfere sexually or commit an indecent act with a corpse of a human being; or
(b) unlawfully remove body parts from a corpse of a human being—
whether that corpse is in a public cemetery within the meaning of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 or at any other place.
Penalty: Level 6 (5 years maximum).
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to—
(a) any person who is engaged in the preparation of a corpse of a human being for the purposes of interment or cremation within the meaning of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003; or
(b) any other lawful interference with a corpse of a human being, including a lawful interference for the purposes of a medical, scientific or hygienic procedure.