Sexual assault is nonconsensual touching or contact of a sexual nature done by force, threat of force, or violence. Unlike sexual battery, sexual assault does not require penetration to constitute a crime.
Sexual assault lawyers are criminal defense lawyers who help defendants who have been accused of a sexual assault or abuse crime. Victims of sexual assault can also get assistance from a sexual assault lawyer who can help the victim file a civil suit in civil court against the defendant accused of committing the sexual assault.
Sexual touching or contact is the knowing, purposeful touching of an intimate or private part of another in order to arouse sexual desire. The touching may be accomplished either directly to the person’s body or through the clothing. For example, sexual touching or contact may include inappropriately grabbing the buttocks of a person, even if covered by clothes.
Some states have laws that will classify sexual assault as aggravated assault if the force or violence causes bodily harm or injuries to the person who was assaulted. Aggravated assault has increased penalties.
Some instances where touching or contact is not considered an assault include:
The force can be as simple as making the contact. Furthermore, the amount of force is relative to the person being touching. Obviously, the force necessary to subject touching to an unwitting child differs from that of an adult, and the touching will likely be found forceful, no matter how slight. There are two other important categories of touching that may result in criminal liability:
Sexual assault is a crime in most states. If you are the victim of sexual assault, contact the authorities to have the assailant arrested. If you would like to pursue a civil case against the individual, then hiring an attorney would be wise. If you are accused of sexual assault, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to help protect your rights.
Last Modified: 06-21-2018 06:42 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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