Many people think of rape as one of the only sex charges a person can face. They might also think of child pornography or statutory rape. While all of those crimes are serious, there are also other criminal charges that are sex-related.
One criminal charge that is considered a sex charge is sexual assault. There is a big difference between rape and sexual assault. In rape, penetration is present. In sexual assaults, there is no penetration. This means that you could face a criminal charge for slapping someone on the rump in a playful manner if that slap wasn’t welcome. You could even face this charge for a hug or a kiss if those weren’t welcome.
We know that you might think that this is a harsh way to handle these instances, but this is exactly how the law views these actions. In these cases, you could face some serious time in prison because of an action that you didn’t intend to cause any problems.
You can’t ignore these charges. They aren’t going to magically disappear, even if the alleged victim suddenly claims that he or she doesn’t want to pursue charges. Instead, the prosecution can still move forward with the charges. Unless you have officially heard that the charges against you were dropped, you should be working on building up your defense.
We can help you learn about how you might move forward with your defense. Whether you are planning on battling this one out in a trial or if you are planning on trying to work out a plea deal, we are here to represent your interests.