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Just because you’ve been charged with sexual assault, that does not mean you will be convicted.
What You Need To Know:
A lot of sexual assault charges that go to the courts in Canada will go unproven when individuals have proper legal representation. Even though it may not feel like it, remember you are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Sexual assault cases are complex and there are hundreds of variables, do not assume that you do not have a defence.
An experienced criminal lawyer will have a huge list of possible sexual assault defences that may allow your case to be dismissed. This is why it is essential you hire a criminal attorney who has the experience in courts with defending sexual assault charges.
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What Happens If You Are Convicted With A Sexual Assault?
Being convicted of a sexual assault charge can be quite serious.
Sentencing for various types of sex assault charges will vary based on the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of both the offence and the offender. Sentences can range from an absolute discharge to, in the case of an aggravated assault, a maximum of fourteen years in the penitentiary.
Potential Defence #1:
Someone who did not commit an assault may wish to testify and tell their side of the story. The Judge may then find them not guilty pursuant to a case called R.v.W(D) if their story is believed or if they are left in a state of reasonable doubt.
Potential Defence #2 & #3:
Consent & Mistaken Belief
In cases where the other party consented to sexual contact it can be argued that no sexual assault occurred. The third potential defence includes the mistaken belief of consent.
Did You Know?
Peace Bond Availability
There is nothing precluding a peace bond being made available, however the sexual nature of the assault may make it less likely than in cases of a minor assault absent the sexual component. Only the Crown Attorney can consent to such a resolution before a trial.
What Comes Next?
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