An aggravated sexual assault charge carries hefty penalties if a conviction results. If you are facing such charges, you need the assistance of experienced legal counsel to help ensure your rights and freedom.
Penalties for Aggravated Assault
Any specific penalties will be determined by your state criminal sentencing structure and the discretion of the finder of fact in your criminal case. If you are convicted of aggravated assault, you can face a number of undesirable penalties, including:
- Probation and parole;
- Electronic monitoring device attachment;
- Loss of the rights such as the right to possess a weapon;
- Mandatory counseling and classes;
- Court filing fees;
- Attorney's fees; and
- Lifetime sex offender registry if your offense involved sexual misconduct.
Assault is generally defined as an act that causes another person to apprehend an immediate harmful contact. Aggravated charges can stem from a number of circumstances which make it a more extreme crime, such as use of a weapon to perpetrate the assault, an intent to rape or maim was present, or other more serious circumstances than a regular assault case. In some jurisdictions, negligence is included under assault statutes.
No actual harm need result from an assault to make it real and criminal. As long as the perpetrator has the intent and the victim apprehends immediate harmful contact, a case can be proved.
State law will vary as to what actions may constitute an aggravated assault, so you will need to look to local law to discover the extent of the charges against you.
Possible defenses to an assault charge include, lack of intent, involuntary intoxication and consent (which may be a partial or complete defense depending on your jurisdiction). Assess potential defenses to any charges against you with your attorney before you proceed with your case. An attorney will be skilled at helping to flesh out strengths and weaknesses in your case.
Getting Legal Help
Aggravated sexual assault is likely to be a felony conviction. If you are facing felony charges, it is vital that you get the help of a criminal defense attorney immediately. An attorney will help you assess your case, prepare a defense and deal with your anxiety. Sexual offenses are likely to result in life time sexual offender registry. This requirement can lead to restriction on employment, housing and other opportunities in your future. An attorney can help you fight for your rights.