You hooked up with someone you met on Tinder. Now the person says they did not consent or, worse, you find out the person lied about their age. Maybe one of your acquaintances is claiming you touched them sexually without permission. If any of these situations sound familiar to you, you could end up being charged with and convicted of a sexual assault.
In Canada, sexual assault is an indictable offence that could land you in prison for up to 10 years. If the person you are accused of sexually assaulting is under 16 years of age, you may face imprisonment for up to 14 years. Convictions for sexual assault and other sexual offences have additional consequences too. When convicted of such a crime you will be required to register on national and provincial sex offender and DNA databases. If you have been accused of a sexual assault, you should hire a sexual assault lawyer. Here’s what you look for to ensure you hire the right one:
The sexual assault lawyer should be qualified
When the stakes are so high, you should look for sexual assault lawyer with a number of years of experience successfully representing defendants in cases like yours. It may also be a good idea to consider a sexual assault lawyer who has been on the other side of the courtroom. Criminal defence lawyers who have worked as prosecutors know exactly how the Crown approaches cases. He can use that knowledge to carefully plan your defence.
The sexual assault lawyer should be accessible
Before you agree to work with a sexual assault lawyer, ensure the lawyer you are considering is accessible. Any lawyer you choose should provide you with a number of ways to reach him. When you leave messages for your lawyer, he should call you back quickly. It would also be a good idea to find a sexual assault lawyer who allows for access after business hours in case of an emergency.
Sexual assault lawyers should provide clear communication
When you meet with a sexual assault lawyer, he should help you to understand your case. So, instead of speaking with you using legal jargons that you are not familiar with, the lawyer should take the time out to clearly explain how the process works, the likely outcome of your case and the options that are available to you.
The lawyer’s fees should be reasonable
A reputable sexual assault lawyer will charge you reasonable fees in keeping with industry standards. He should provide you with a clear outline which shows all the fees and charges and exactly what services you will get in return for those fees and charges. The lawyer should tell you how and when you will be required to make these payments as well.
Do you need a sexual assault lawyer in Toronto?
From the moment you’ve been accused of a sexual assault, you should call a sexual assault lawyer. If you are in search of a sexual assault lawyer in Toronto, give us a call at Sam Goldstein Law. Sam Goldstein has practised criminal for his entire career which has spanned over 15 years. In the early years of his career, Sam worked as a Crown prosecutor at all levels of the courts in Ontario. While doing so, he represented the government in prosecuting a wide range of cases including sexual assaults. This gave him valuable experience that he now uses as the foundation for his defence of the same type of cases. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today and let us get started working on your defence.