Sexual Assault Defense

The legal definition of sex crimes and sexual assault will oftentimes overlap. When sexual abuse includes physical harm or verbal sexual abuse, the type of sex crime may be considered “sexual assault” by the courts. Due to the malicious nature of these crimes, often times the courts will sentence those convicted to harsh consequences. Sentences vary from state to state, but all states include such penalties as large fines and jail time. People that have been convicted of these crimes may also be put on a list of sex offenders. This “National Sex Offender Registry” is made publicly available. Society tends to turn their heads away from these criminals, and therefore being registered can affect the criminal and their loved ones for their entire lives.

Sexual assault charges may be brought against people that have been assumed to be engaged in sexual contact without consent. This can occur at any age level. If a child under the age of 18 is involved, the consequences may be more severe. Common sexual assault charges are given to those accused of child molestation, sexual penetration, intercourse, inappropriate touching, or exposure of genitals.

Many people will assume those charged with sexual assault are guilty before they are even tried. However, many of these people are judged before all of the details of the case have emerged. The most effective way a person can defend themselves is through hiring an attorney. A defense attorney can help eliminate or reduce charges in many ways. This includes proving false or exaggerated testimony, showing their client’s desire for rehabilitation, or, in the event they have never been in trouble with the law, pointing out the fact that the individual has a clean record.

Here are some guidelines you should follow to help prevent a sexual assault.

  • In any situation you should always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Walk on the side of the street facing traffic. Walk confidently at a steady pace.
  • Avoid walking were assailants can hide, such as doorways, bushes or alleys.
  • If you believe you are being followed, walk quickly to a lighted area and where there are people.
  • If you believe a car is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction or on the other side of the street.
  • If someone stops you and wants directions or anything else, reply to them from a distance. Do not get too close.
  • If at any time you feel you are in danger or need help, attract people in any way you can. Scream as loud as you can. If you are carrying a self-defense product such as Mace, pepper spray or a stun gun, use it and run.
  • When you are in your car, lock the doors. If you are not in your car, keep the doors locked so that no one is able to enter your car and hide in it.
  • While walking to your car have your keys in hand and ready to unlock the door. Before you get in your car look inside to make sure no one is hiding inside.
  • While driving, if you think you are being followed, either drive to a well-lit public area or drive to a police station.
  • If your car breaks down, open the hood and attach a white cloth to the antenna and get back in your car and lock the doors. If someone stops to help, remain in your car with the doors locked and ask them to call the police.

Please follow the guidelines above to lessen your chance of becoming a sexual assault victim. Also, carrying a non-lethal or less than lethal self-defense product such as Mace, pepper spray, personal alarm or a stun gun can ultimately reduce the chances of becoming a victim and may even save your life.

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