Sexual assault and sexual harassment have been making headlines for some time now, as more and more women come forward to confront their abusers. While that is laudable in instances where sexual assault or harassment actually occurred, not all such charges are substantiated. False charges, or situations blown out of proportion, can ruin lives and end careers.
At Gasner Criminal Law, our experienced sex defense lawyer helps represent you or someone you love facing sexual harassment and sexual assault charges. In fact, Adam Gasner recently represented Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton against sexual assault allegations, resulting in the District Attorney dropping all charges.
Sex-related criminal charges include things like sexual harassment and sexual assault. These differ from rape and more serious charges. Sexual harassment usually occurs in the workplace, while sexual assault can occur almost anywhere. What constitutes sexual harassment or sexual assault? The answers might surprise you.
Sexual Assault – Generally, sexual assault involves one of three things, either penetration of a body part by another body part or object, contact with an “intimate” body part, or exposure of an “intimate” body part. Intimate body parts include buttocks, breasts, genitalia, and others. If the assault leads to sexual intercourse, the state of California actually considers it rape, which is even more serious.
Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment can include sexual assault, but it does not have to. It can include anything that creates a “hostile environment”, including locker-room jokes, suggestive comments and looks, and even body language.
Sex defense is exactly what it sounds like – a defense strategy designed to combat sex-related criminal charges leveled against you or someone you love. If you are found guilty of either sexual assault or sexual harassment, the penalties can be quite severe. It is important that you work with an experienced criminal or sex defense lawyer well-versed in sex defense and capable of providing you with the representation you need in a court of law.
Sex charges often come down to he said, she said, with little physical evidence or eyewitness testimony. Therefore, defending against these charges often requires refuting the allegations and proving that they are false. This can be done in a number of ways, including showing that the accuser holds a grudge against the accused, or that the accuser had other ulterior motives for making the charge. Because these are serious criminal charges, the prosecution must prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the crime. In many instances, simply proving that there is some doubt about the veracity of the claims is enough.
If you are facing sexual assault or sexual harassment charges, time is of the essence. Contact Gasner Criminal Law today to schedule your FREE 60-minute consultation with our sex defense lawyer in San Francisco, CA. Call us at 415-782-6000 or use the form on our contact page to schedule your consultation. Creating a strong defense against sex-related charges requires immediate action, so don’t delay.