Recently a Lincoln, Nebraska man was relieved when his charges of sexual assault were dismissed a week into the trial. The twenty-one year old man was accused of having sexual contact with a nineteen-year old woman who had passed out after drinking excessively at a fraternity party. From the beginning of the investigation, the young man told law enforcement he had also consumed a large amount of alcohol and had no memory of the details of the night. When cross-examined by defense, the young woman conceded it was possible she had not been raped and that the sex was consensual.
The state prosecutor countered by asking the young woman if it was possible she had been too intoxicated to consent to sex and she answered affirmatively. The defense attorney argued there was simply not enough evidence regarding whether the woman had been sexually assaulted and asked the judge for a directed verdict. The judge agreed, questioning the alleged victim’s intoxication level and finding the state had not provided sufficient evidence at trial to enable a reasonable jury to find the young man guilty of first-degree sexual assault. The young man faced up to 50 years in prison if he had been convicted of the crime of sexual assault.
A Conviction for Sexual Assault Can Change Your Future Forever
Obviously, had this young man been convicted of sexual assault, his entire life would have changed and his future would have been reduced to spending the majority of the remainder of his life behind bars. If you are under investigation, have already had charges filed against you or even think you might be under investigation for sexual assault, the manner in which those charges are handled can absolutely determine how it will eventually resolve. Early intervention is crucial and having a highly experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney involved in that intervention from the very beginning is arguably one of the most important things you can do for your future.
Following accusations or charges of sexual assault, the wheels of justice may move so slowly as to feel as though they have stopped altogether. The prosecution will be gathering evidence against you, including forensic examination of your computer and cell phones as well as DNA evidence, statements from your accuser and any other potential witness statements. You need an attorney who will not sit idly by during these long months but will use this time to strengthen your case by staying in close touch with the prosecutor and monitoring the state’s progress. Your criminal defense attorney will also be gathering evidence that will exonerate you and will be speaking to witnesses who can help your case. There are things you can do that will assist your attorney such as:
The consequences and social stigma which come with a conviction for a sex crime—and, in many cases, even allegations of a sex crime—can be overwhelming. Kansas criminal defense attorney Stacey Schlimmer has a proven track record of representing those charged with a sex crime and will aggressively defend your charges. Many times sex crime charges are considered by the public to mean “guilty until proven innocent.” Attorney Schlimmer has a clear understanding of the uphill battle you will face and will remain by your side, fighting hard for your rights and your future. Call (913) 390-0484 today for a confidential free consultation or contact us online.