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Sexual Assault

How can I get my sexual assault charges dropped?

If you have been charged with sexual assault, you have been charged with one of the most serious offences in Canadian criminal law. Notwithstanding this fact, in some cases we may be able to deal with your charges in a manner that will allow you to avoid a criminal record.How To Get Your Sexual Assault Charges DroppedIn fairly minor cases of sexual assault, it may ...

What are the best defences to a sexual assault charge?

The best defence to a sexual assault charge depends heavily on the circumstances of your case. However, two common defences to an allegation of sexual assault are (1) that the complainant consented to the act in question, or (2) that you held an honest but mistaken belief that the complainant had consented to the act. Because the Crown Prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt ...

What should I do if I have been falsely accused of sexual assault?

If you have been falsely accused of sexual assault, you should immediately seek the assistance of a criminal defence lawyer. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that if there is no direct evidence against them that they cannot be convicted of sexual assault, so there is no reason to be worried about the charges. This is simply not true, particularly in cases where there is very ...

What does consent mean?

For the purposes of this offence, consent refers to the complainant’s voluntary agreement to participate in the act in question. In Canada, the age of consent to sexual activity is sixteen, but a person cannot consent to sexual activity with someone who is in a position of trust or authority over them until they are 18 years old.In order for consent to be legitimate it ...

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any form of sexual conduct that takes place without both parties’ consent, and that results in a violation of the complainant’s sexual integrity. Contrary to widely accepted belief, sexual assault is not limited to nonconsensual intercourse. It also includes non-consensual fondling, touching, or kissing, and in some circumstances, actions that do not really seem sexual in nature. In fact, it is not ...

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