Being accused of sexual assault can change anyone’s life. Beyond the potential damage an accusation can have on your personal life, the penalties that sex crimes carry are severe. Sex crimes must be handled carefully in the courts.
Sexual assault is legally defined as any sexual contact between a person and someone who they have disciplinary authority over. This is frequently applied to teachers and their students. Even if both parties are legal adults, it is still considered sexual assault. Sexual contact is almost any act that involved contact between the genitals of one party and a body part of the other party.
The Legal Penalties for Sexual Assault
If both parties are legal adults, a conviction for sexual assault will result in:
- A mandatory prison sentence that is between 1 and 25 years.
- A $100,000 fine
If the victim is under 16 years of age, the penalties increase significantly.
- A mandatory prison sentence that lasts between 25 and 50 years
- Lifetime registration as a Sex Offender.
Defenses for Sexual Assault
Allegations of sexual assault can be damaging, and make it feel like an accusation is already a conviction. But everyone in this country has the right to a strong legal defense.
Possible defenses for sexual assault include:
- Proving that no sexual contact occurred, due to an alibi or mistaken identification
- Demonstrating that the accusation is false
- Attacking the prosecution’s argument on the grounds that there is insufficient evidence to convict
These are just a few examples of defenses that can be effective. At the Turner Firm, we will work with the details of your case to build the right defense for you.
Example Case Wins
Joey Turner has a track record of success when it comes to defending clients accused of sex crimes.
Recent examples include:
- A Chatham County Aggravated Sexual Battery and Child Molestation charge. Joey was able to win an acquittal in the court room after a four-day jury trial.
- A Bullock County Sexual Battery charge. Joey won another acquittal after a jury trial.
- An Evans County Rape and Aggravated Sexual Battery charge. Even though his client was facing the possibility of a life sentence, Joey got the charges dismissed altogether.
- An Effingham County Aggravated Sodomy charge. Joey got the court to declare a mistrial.
- A Chatham County Statutory Rape charge. Joey obtained a not guilty verdict from a jury after days in court.
Begin Building Your Best Defense
Sex crimes are grueling for defendants. Many people feel that even being accused of the crime has already ruined their life. But at the Turner Firm, we know that no case is unwinnable. It is always worth it to build a strong defense and protect your legal rights to the full extent of the law.
We will work with you every step of the way to make this process as easy as possible.
Take your first steps towards the right defense. Fill out our free and confidential form online today.