Few allegations could be as devastating to your future as those of a sexual assault. Anyone can claim sexual assault without evidence, and the repercussions of sexual assault allegations can be severely damaging. Even though sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, there is also a high potential for baseless or malicious accusations. This is why it is important that you defend yourself as vigorously as possible.
If you or a loved one has been accused of sexual assault, you should consult with an attorney immediately. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney free of charge.
The United States Department of Health Services defines sexual assault to include any act involving nonconsensual touching, vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, sexual intercourse, rape, attempted rape, or child molestation. Thus, any sexual contact initiated without consent can lead to sexual assault charges. Such charges, however, may also arise out of situations where the victim did not consent but also did not explicitly disapprove. Some of the conditions that constitute non-consent include:
- The victim said "no"
- The victim was too intoxicated to give consent
- The victim had a mental or physical incapacity to give consent
- The accused was in a position of trust or authority over the victim
Consequences of Sexual Assault Charges
Because the media and politics play such large roles in sexual assault cases, there is significant potential for immediate personal, social, and professional damage to the accused, even before trial proceedings begin. In addition, sexual assault cases tend to be aggressively prosecuted and often come with harsh penalties.
Because sex crimes allegations are so serious, it is important for the accused to seek legal help as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has been accused of sexual assault, you need to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can answer your questions and help you get the justice you deserve.
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