Sexual assault is any assault that is committed for a sexual purpose. Sexual assault is a very serious charge. In addition to a criminal record and potentially long period of jail, people convicted of sexual assault may have to register with a sex offender registry. As well, persons convicted of sexual assault can be monitored and have their liberty restricted for years after completing a jail sentence.
Simply being charged with sexual assault can cause great hardships in families and can make it difficult, or impossible to be employed in certain fields.
The process of prosecuting sexual assault cases can at time be very lengthy, meaning the stigma of these charges can follow the accused person for a long time, even if they are eventually found not guilty.
It is important to get a lawyer involved in these offences from the very beginning. During the first bail hearing, even before all the evidence is in, serious restrictions can be placed on the accused person’s liberty by a judge. It is important to have a lawyer to help negotiate the conditions to allow the accused person to continue their life in as normal manner as possible while waiting for trial.