Powerful Defence for Sexual Assault Offences in Ottawa
We will help you understand your charge and start considering the evidence against you.
If you are innocent, the claims against you have been fabricated, or the evidence against you is weak, we have every chance of building a strong defence.
Our priorities will be to:
Identify weaknesses in the case against you
Seek case dismissal so that it never goes to trial
Defend your name vigorously if it does go to court
What is sexual assault?
The fundamental charge of sexual assault is for non-consensual touching of a sexual nature. The key things to bear in mind are the term “consent” and whether the “sexual integrity” of the complainant is violated. This is an extremely complex area where mistakes can happen. There can be a genuine misunderstanding about consent.
While many people may rush to judgment, the truth is often considerably more complex. For both the victim of an alleged assault and for the accused, emotions run high and claims are difficult to prove and often difficult to defend against. The situation is made even more complex when the allegations from the alleged victim concern an event that took place many years ago.
Piecing together historical or recent events requires a sophisticated and experienced lawyer. We will help you go through the events, closely examine the evidence, and start to build your defence.
Examples of sexual assault charges in Ottawa
With sexual assault charges, there are numerous things to consider, such as:
The part of the body that was touched
The circumstances of the alleged offence
The motive of the accused
The behaviour of each party involved
A charge of sexual assault encompasses a wide area of behaviour, with differing degrees of gravity.
It can range from fondling and unwanted touching of a sexual nature to rape. All such offences are considered sexual assault crimes in Canada.
What are the penalties for sexual assault?
If your case goes to trial before a judge or jury, it is likely that you will have already experienced some negative effects of a sexual assault charge.
The damage to relationships, family life, and reputation often start with accusations against you.
If you are convicted of sexual assault in Ottawa, there are other serious and far-reaching punishments according to Canadian law:
A maximum of 10 years in prison for a simple charge
A possible requirement to submit a DNA sample
Registry on a sexual-offenders database
A possible requirement for regular reporting to authorities
Possible monitoring for the rest of your life
Aggravating factors include:
The age of the victim at the time of the offence (more serious if under 16)
The use of a weapon or an imitation weapon
Threats of bodily harm or causing bodily harm to the victim
In cases where such factors or a previous criminal conviction are present, there will be harsher penalties, with mandatory minimum sentences and higher maximum penalties applied.
A charge of aggravated sexual assault includes potential penalties up to life imprisonment in the most serious cases.