Section 79 & 80 Crimes Act | Bestiality


It is against the law to have sexual intercourse with an animal.

This is known as the offence of bestiality, which is contained in sections 79 and 80 of the Crimes Act 1900.

Bestiality refers to the sexual penetration of any animal.

It can result in heavy penalties under the law – the maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for 14 years.

You may also be charged with an offence if it is alleged that you attempted to commit bestiality – in these cases, the maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment.

While these penalties may seem heavy, it’s important to remember that they are the absolute maximum penalties that can be imposed for this offence.

The maximum penalty will only apply in the most serious of cases.

With the help of our experienced criminal law specialists, you can fight the charges to avoid these onerous penalties under the law.

The Legislation

79 Bestiality

Any person who commits an act of bestiality with any animal shall be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.

80 Attempt to commit bestiality

Any person who attempts to commit an act of bestiality with any animal shall be liable to imprisonment for five years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being accused of bestiality can be embarrassing and damaging to your reputation and relationships with family and friends.

It can be difficult to know who to turn to in these situations, however you can rest assured that our expert defence team will assist you through every step of the process from start to finish.

As a law firm specialising in criminal law, we have considerable experience dealing with all types of sexual offences. No matter how serious the charges are, our lawyers will help you achieve the best possible result.

It can be difficult to talk about these types of matters, however our lawyers will take the time to listen to your side of the story and will treat all information with the strictest confidence.

We are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and interests and will give you the strongest possible defence, free from judgment.

In many cases, we are able to have these types of charges dropped at an early stage by identifying problems with the prosecution case, such as a lack of evidence.

Where the matter proceeds to court, our experienced advocates will fight hard to protect your rights and interests by raising all evidence in the most favourable manner and examining all witnesses in a strategic manner.

We guarantee that you will only be represented by our highly-respected senior lawyers, who have been hand-picked for their experience and in-depth legal knowledge.

Our lawyers can also give you the best chance at securing a lenient penalty should you wish to plead guilty by preparing persuasive sentencing submissions which emphasise the appropriateness of a lesser penalty.

Our ability to obtain exceptional results in even the most difficult cases is a reflection of our lawyers’ hard work, experience and expert knowledge of the law.

For the best defence in your bestiality case, call us now on (02) 9261 8881 to book a FREE first conference to discuss your matter in confidence.