Sexual assault encompasses many different types of charges, ranging from rape and incest to sexual abuse and exploitation of children. If you have been charged with sexual assault in Scranton, you could be looking at an extended prison time of 20 years or more upon conviction. As such, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately.
Strategies to Defend Against a Sexual Assault Charge
There are several possible ways an experienced attorney can defend you against a sexual assault charge. One of the most common ways to do this is to look at the issue of consent. This is because in a sexual assault case, it must be proven that consent was never given for a conviction to take place. The issue gets a bit more complicated when the alleged victim changes their mind during the encounter, sending a confusing message to the defendant.
An alleged victim may decide to lie about consent in an attempt to protect their reputation. Another possible reason is that they were married at the time of the encounter and did not want to be caught cheating. In some states, adultery can be used as leverage in a divorce and child custody case. This may serve as an added incentive to bend the truth.
A claim of sexual assault is also sometimes charged as a way to extort money from someone. The tabloids are filled with these kinds of hoax stories and it can happen to anyone at any time.
Contact Peters Law Firm Immediately if You Have Been Charged with Sexual Assault
Peters Law Firm provides results-driven, affordable, and compassionate legal representation for clients in Scranton, Clarks Summit, and surrounding Northeastern Pennsylvania communities.
If you need a criminal lawyer or assistance with a criminal matter, contact us for a free initial consultation at our main office in Clark’s Summit at (570) 585-0707, our Scranton area office at (570) 963-1610, or our Tunkhannock and Wyoming County office at (570) 836-0700 today.