Charged with sexual assault? This is a category of assault where the touching is alleged to be sexual in nature. The reality is, if you face a sexual assault there is a high likelihood that your case will be tried in the courtroom of public opinion before any evidence is called. Even though you might be innocent, there is a reasonable prospect that you will be tarnished as guilty prior to trial. Many accused who are acquitted after trial are still labelled as “guilty”, notwithstanding the lack of evidence or even collusion on the part of their accusers.
SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES IF CONVICTED
If convicted, the sanction for sexual assault is serious. Major sexual assault occurs whenever there is penetration. The sentence for major sexual assault starts at 3 years. Other forms of sexual assault includes minor touching. Even though the Criminal Code permits lower end sentences such as discharges for sexual assault, the reality is, there is reasonable likelihood of receiving a jail sentence or at least probation. The criminal record is close to a guarantee. Beyond the criminal record, you may find yourself on a Sexual Offender Information Registry (SOIRA).
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Perhaps there is no charge where you will feel the most alone than being prosecuted for sexual assault. Though you may feel this way, your Calgary defence lawyer can help you shoulder the burden.
DEFENDING A SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE
David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer who regularly defends clients charged with all varieties of assault, including sexual assault. He is an experienced cross-examiner and trial lawyer who understands all of the defences available to defend the case. This includes eyewitness identification, consent, honest but mistaken belief in consent and fabrication.