All cases of assault can have severe consequences for those found guilty. But sexual assault, which is non-consensual touching of another person that is of a sexual nature or that violates the sexual integrity of the alleged victim, is treated with particular seriousness by both the law and Crown Prosecutors in Ontario. The Criminal Code of Canada establishes stiff penalties for those found guilty of sexual assault, including lengthy jail sentences, especially if the assault was committed with a weapon. In addition to prison time, registration on the Sexual Offender Registry is mandatory.
If you’ve been charged with sexual assault in Ontario, the mere allegation of having committed a sexual assault can be enough to create life-altering upheaval in your life, even if you are ultimately cleared of the charges. That’s why you need to retain an experienced criminal defence lawyer, like those at Hobson & Reeve, Barristers, at the earliest possible opportunity. Hobson & Reeve will work with you to develop and vigorously pursue a strategy that can help save your career, your reputation and your freedom.
Many factors are involved in determining whether an assault occurred and whether it was sexual in nature. In addition to considering the motives of the accused, a court may consider the parts of the body that were touched, the nature of that contact, the situation in which it occurred, and any words and gestures accompanying the act.
Given that sexual assault must involve non-consensual touching, the court may need to determine whether or not the sexual activity was in fact consensual. The issue of consent can raise complex legal and evidentiary questions upon which the entire case may turn; the experienced lawyers at Hobson & Reeve have a thorough understanding of the law of sexual assault and can navigate these issues so as to give you the best chance of overcoming the charges.
No one disputes that victims of sexual assault have suffered greatly and will continue to endure trauma as a result of their experience. But if you have been falsely accused of sexual assault, you are facing your own ordeal that can put your career, family, and freedom at risk. If you are dealing with the grave consequences of a sexual assault charge, call Hobson & Reeve for a free consultation. Their experienced sexual assault defence lawyers stand ready to protect your rights, provide you with zealous representation, and mount a through defence on your behalf.
The legal team of Hobson & Reeve, Barristers has over 60 years of collective criminal law experience. Our lawyers have worked hard to establish themselves as formidable litigators in court as well as efficient negotiators on matters such as plea bargains. Both David Hobson and Dennis Reeve have served as Crown Prosecutors; this experience gives them invaluable insight into each case’s unique strengths and weaknesses and helps them choose the best strategies for protecting their clients. They are dedicated to impeccable preparation, fierce yet professional advocacy, and providing the best possible defence for each client. Hobson & Reeve look forward to bringing their decades of legal experience to your case, protecting your rights, and providing the advice and representation you need. If you’ve been charged with sexual assault, call them at 866.619.9646 for a free initial consultation.