Sexual Assault Lawyer
St. Catharines Sexual Assault Law Firm
If you have been charged with the criminal offence of sexual assault, you probably feel like your life is turned upside down and you are concerned that your life could change forever.
You have to find a sexual assault lawyer in St. Catharines, Oakville and Toronto who is competent and committed to defending you in this complicated area of criminal defence
Request a Free Consultation
Defending Sexual Assault Charges
The defence team at KIVLaw is regularly involved in defending those who have been charged with sexual assault offences. We are a team of experienced sexual assault lawyers in Oakville that understands that almost every aspect of your life could be impacted.
We are passionate defenders. We are inquisitive, detail oriented and committed to defend sexual related cases.
We know that some people who report sexual assault are lying. With the #MeToo movement in social media, we know that society frowns on people suggesting that an accuser is lying. We defend those who have been accused of sexual related offences.
What is Sexual Assault?
According to the Canadian Department of Justice, there are three different levels of sexual assault
- An assault committed in circumstances of a sexual nature such that the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. This can involve minor physical injuries or no injuries to the victim.
- Sexual assault with a weapon, threats, or causing bodily harm.
- Sexual assault that results in wounding, maiming, disfiguring or endangering the life of the victim.
Generally speaking, it involves any unwanted sexual act that may or may not have included violence. There are various different allegations, including:
Note that the term sexual abuse is a term that mental health and other health professionals use. There is no definition in the criminal code for sexual abuse.
What to Do If You’ve Been Charged
If you have been charged with sexual assault, you need a lawyer. You need one that is experienced and who is committed to doing what it takes to defend you.
Take a look at the text messages on your phone. If there are any messages that relate to the charges against you, take screenshots and provide them to your lawyer.
Do not contact the complainant—the person who got you charged. Don’t have friends or family members try to contact them for you. If they call you, don’t answer. Don’t contact them on social media. If they try contacting you, let your lawyer know.
The Seriousness of a Sexual Assault Charge
Before any trial takes place, there can be serious consequences on your life:
- You could be fired
- You could get published in the news
- You could get divorced
- You could lose your children
- You could be publicly shamed
- You could have restrictive bail conditions
There are many examples of people who have been fired and publicly shamed when unproven allegations are published by the media.
If you are convicted of a sexual assault you could face a number of penalties, such as:
- Prison time
- Registration in the national sex offender registry
- Restrictions in travel
- Restrictions in employment
- Collection of your DNA for the DNA Data Bank
If you are convicted, you could face ongoing public scrutiny and aggressive treatment from the police. You need an experienced sexual assault lawyer who can effectively defend you and help you get your life back..
“Our team understands how difficult it is if you have been charged with a sexual assault offence. Our team at KIVLaw is committed to defending you.
We are an experienced sexual assault defence team that is dedicated to helping you protect your reputation and get your life back.”
Founder and Criminal Defence Lawyer
Recent Case Studies
JR was charged with sexual assault. JR came to our criminal defence law firm and told us that his ex-wife had made the whole thing up in order to ruin his life. He was worried his wife's false claims were going to change everything. Our defence team went to work on his file immediately. Our law firm was able to keep JR's name out of the news so that he didn't lose his job. At trial, our team cross-examined his ex-wife and significantly discredited her testimony. The judge even said that she wasn't credible"Mr. Kivlichan was always available for me throughout the trial and put me at ease. He made short work of my ex through cross-examination and I got my life back. Thank you Mr. Kivlichan."
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are facing a sexual assault charge you should hire an experienced criminal defence lawyer that works exclusively in the area of criminal law.
Your lawyer will ask the crown attorney for the disclosure for your case. This will contain notes and reports from the police, statements from the person who reported you to the police, statements and/or video from witnesses, forensic evidence, photographs, DNA evidence and other things that could be related to your case. Depending on the significance of the charge and the complexity of the case, what is provided to your lawyer could be a very large file.
Our team will do a thorough analysis of what we receive and review it with you. We will then be able to advise you of your options, the possible implications and recommend to you what we believe is your best course of action.
There will likely be many different meetings where we discuss the charges, the evidence and your options. As your criminal law team, we will council you on what we believe is the best course of action for you, however you will have the final say in what happens in the case.
The KIVLaw defence team is a group of passionate, experienced and capable sexual assault lawyers in St. Catharines that can help you get your life back