What to Do if You've Been Charged with Sexual Assault in BC

Written by Jerry Steele

Sexual Assault

What to Do if You've Been Charged with Sexual Assault in BC

Written by Jerry Steele

Sexual Assault
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Sexual assault charges are serious, and the BC criminal court system treats them as such. If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault in BC, take immediate action and seek the help of a skilled criminal defence lawyer. 

Here’s what you should know about what to do if you’ve been charged with sexual assault. 

Don’t Talk to Anyone About Your Case (Except Your Lawyer)

One of the first things you should do after being charged with sexual assault is to refrain from discussing your case with anyone except your lawyer. This includes family, friends, and even law enforcement. Anything you say can potentially be used against you in court, so you should only discuss your situation with your legal representation. 

In fact, when you’re facing any criminal charges, it’s considered good practice to wait until you’ve spoken with a criminal defence lawyer before making any statements to anyone. Your lawyer will advise you on what to say and when in order to protect your legal rights.

Hire a Skilled Criminal Defence Lawyer

To be sure you have the right advocate in your corner, hire a skilled criminal defence lawyer with experience handling sexual assault cases. Jerry Smith has successfully defended numerous clients facing sexual assault charges and understands the complex legalities as well as the sensitive nature of these types of cases. 

He will tirelessly protect your rights and provide you with a strong defence.

Understand the Legal Process

The next step is to educate yourself about the legal process for sexual assault charges in BC. Your lawyer will guide you through this, but having a basic understanding of what to expect can help ease some of your fears and anxieties. This may include learning about potential penalties and consequences, the role of the Crown counsel, and what to expect during your trial. 

Gather Evidence

Your lawyer will also assist you in gathering evidence to support your sexual assault case. This may include collecting witness statements, surveillance footage, medical records, or other relevant information that can help fortify your defence. Your lawyer may also advise you on what evidence to avoid sharing, as it may not benefit your case.

Stay Informed and Communicate with Your Defence Lawyer

Stay informed and communicate regularly with your lawyer throughout the legal process. This way, you can be sure you know of any developments in your case and can make informed decisions together with your lawyer. Follow your lawyer’s advice or instructions, and be honest and open about your situation.

Seek Support

Facing sexual assault charges can be one of the scariest, saddest, and most stressful times in your life. During this difficult time, you’re encouraged to seek support from friends, family, or a therapist. Your lawyer can also provide resources and referrals for additional emotional and mental support.

Call Jerry Steele and Fight Your Sexual Assault Charges

Now that you have a basic understanding of the legal process for sexual assault charges in BC take action and fight your charges. Jerry Steele is dedicated to defending those facing sexual assault charges and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and freedoms. Remember, you are not alone – we are here. Call 778-700-0012 now.