Impact of a sexual assault charge

Facing any criminal charge can change your life, but facing a sexual assault charge can have far-reaching consequences, even if you do not end up with a conviction. 

At Wampler & Passanise, we understand how much such a charge can impact your life and want to help you minimize the effects. 

Sentences

Of course, once you have the prosecutor charge you with the crime, your immediate thoughts will be about the potential sentence you could receive if the court finds you guilty. In general, you are likely going to end up with a prison sentence. You may also receive large fines. You may end up on the sexual offender registry as well. 

If your case involves any aggravating factors, such as the use of a weapon, you can usually expect much harsher sentencing. Many times, certain charges require mandatory sentences, which means the judge must give you the sentence regardless of any circumstances or details of the case. 

Other consequences

The effects of a conviction are not just the sentence the court hands down. You are now a felon, which means you may have problems securing a job in the future. If you currently have a professional license, you may lose that. You might have trouble finding a place to live as well. 

Your reputation will feel the impact, too. You may lose friends and even loved ones. A sexual offense of any kind often comes with a stigma that will impact you for the rest of your life. 

To learn more about what you will face with a sexual assault accusation, please visit our website.