Why a Skilled Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer is Crucial
Sexual assaults accusations must to be taken very seriously. The first thing you should do if you find yourself facing such allegations is to hire a sexual assault defense lawyer.
How a sexual assault defense lawyer will help you
Whether you are merely facing accusations or actual charges of sexual assault, professional help essential. Mishandling a situation involving sexual assault can have grave and life-long consequences. Accusations can affect your job, relationships, family, and overall reputation. A conviction of such an offense can result in jail or prison time and usually requires you to register as a sex offender. This is a public record that will follow you for the rest of your life.
The best way to navigate your situation is by hiring a sexual assault defense lawyer who understands the intricate and detailed legal process, and who has a record of winning cases.
What exactly classifies as sexual assault?
In Massachusetts, there are two types of sexual assault crimes: indecent assault and battery and rape. Indecent assault and battery involves sexualized touching that is unwanted and offensive. Rape requies some penetration, even if it is slight. Grabbing a person’s buttocks without permission, for example, would be considered sexual assault and not rape.
There are four statutes under which indecent assault and battery is criminalized:
- Indecent Assault and Battery on Person Over 14
- Indecent Assault and Battery on Child Under 14
- Indecent Assault and Battery on Person with Intellectual Disability
- Indecent Assault and Battery on Elder or Disabled Person
Rape can be charged under several statutes:
- Rape of a Child (under 16)
- Aggravated rape of a child (age difference or committed by a mandated reporter)
If you are facing any sort of criminal charge of this nature, it is crucial that you contact a sexual assault defense attorney so that you can properly navigate the situation with the appropriate legal support. Contact the Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg today for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. Use our online contact form or call the office today: 617-431-2701.
The overall strategy of a sexual assault defense attorney
Part of what makes finding a reliable attorney for cases involving allegations of sexual assault important is having to navigate the presumption of guilt that often exists when someone is accused of these crimes. Goldenberg takes the time to prepare the case by thoroughly reviewing the allegations and investigating the accuser so that she can identify and file the necessary and important motions for third party records. For this reason, it is important to acquire your sexual assault defense lawyer early so that the defense can be prepared thoroughly.
Goldenberg has also previously explained that in Massachusetts the prosecutor and the jury often focuses on the “why”: “why would someone make something like this up?” Experienced attorneys like Goldenberg and her associate, Kayla Fahey, know that they need to answer this in order to win their case. It takes creativity and expertise to answer this question. Their thorough work and dedication has helped many individuals facing allegations be found not guilty.