If you are ever charged with the serious crime of sexual assault, there are viable options to build a defence for your case. The penalties can be stiff and consequential, which is why it’s incredibly important to have exceptional legal representation as soon as you get taken into police custody.
My name is Lawrence Ben-Eliezer and I am a trusted sexual offence defence lawyer operating in Toronto and Newmarket. I also practice as a domestic assault lawyer in Toronto and across the GTA, having helped secure a not-guilty verdict for complex cases.
Having worked at all levels of the Ontario court system and handled countless cases just like yours, I can introduce a level of acuity to your case to prepare you for the prosecutor’s questioning, identify loopholes in the complaint’s versions of events and answer all your queries quickly and accurately.
Time is of the essence! Get in touch with me now at (647) 224-7779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is Sexual Assault Defined in Canada?
First off, it’s important to know what defines “sexual assault” in Canadian law. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that sexual assault is any act that intentionally exploits the sexual integrity of the victim. In essence, sexual assault runs the gamut from unwanted touching to rape.
Several factors are considered when reaching a verdict such as the part of the body violated, the nature of contact, the situation, specific words and gestures after the act is committed, and threats accompanied by force. Each circumstance is different and authorities will also take them into account for your case.
What Are the Penalties of Sexual Assault?
If convicted and sentenced for sexual assault, incarcerations and penalties are often severe. An indictable offence could include prison time of up to 10 years. If the victim is under the age of 16, the term might go up to 14 years.
For an offence punishable on summary conviction, the minimum sentence is six months with a maximum of two years.
It’s unwise to take a gamble on your future when the consequences are of this magnitude. I strongly recommend that you get in touch with a qualified sexual assault lawyer in Toronto immediately. I am available to answer all your questions – call me anytime at (647) 224-7779.
What Can I Expect in Court?
Much like a domestic assault charge, a sexual assault charge is filed with the police and sent to prosecutors, from which moment on it “belongs” to the Crown. This means that the alleged victim cannot withdraw the charges or have them dropped.
From there, it’s out of your hands and your defence attorney will have to fight on your behalf to avoid a conviction.
If there is insufficient evidence to support the case or if the alleged victim recants their claims, then you may have a better chance of not getting charged. However, such cases are uncommon. When it does reach court, you’ll have the option to plead guilty or not guilty.
Pleading guilty will be a straightforward process to sentencing. Pleading not guilty will lead to subsequent hearings and a trial with or without a jury. From there, your sexual assault defence attorney will have to employ strategic courtroom tactics to give your case a fighting chance.
A good sexual assault defence lawyer makes all the difference. I’ve helped countless clients across Toronto and Newmarket. Give me a call and let’s review your case together. I will advise you on the best course of action. Call (647) 224-7779.
How Can a Sexual Assault Attorney Help Me?
At this point in time, you’re likely frustrated and desperate. It may not be easy for you to make rational decisions and look at your case from an unbiased standpoint. A sexual assault lawyer provides an objective, experienced and highly astute insights into the best course of action.
I help spot inconsistencies and improbabilities in the complainant’s version of events, have evidence that was gathered in a manner not pursuant to the law dismissed form your case and use proven courtroom strategies to test the credibility of any testimonies.
All of this heightens your chances of success in court. Get quality legal representation without delay. Call me at (647) 224-7779.
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If you’re in need of legal assistance, I’m here to see your case to a favourable outcome. Contact me today at (647) 224-7779 or email me at email@example.com.