If you are ever arrested and charged with sexual assault, you will likely be extremely anxious about how the charges will impact your life. Any serious sex crime charge could lead to imprisonment and affect your reputation and standing in the community. However, because a wide variety of acts could be considered sexual assault, it can be an especially complex charge to fight.

So, what sort of acts might be deemed sexual assault? Well, states have varying definitions. In general, sexual assault could be anything from unwanted touching to attempted rape. Sexual assault typically involves the application of coercion or force, or the exploitation of a victim’s incapacitation, in order to carry out unwanted sexual contact.

Laws regarding sexual assault usually pertain to nonconsensual contact occurring between individuals of any age or sex. In other words, it is possible that a sexual assault can occur between a man and a woman, two women, two men and so on. What’s more, sexual assault laws extend to those in domestic relationships as well.

The repercussions of being charged with a sex crime can be extreme. Like any other serious criminal charge, defendants accused of having committed sex crimes can face lengthy periods of incarceration. Moreover, a sex crime conviction can negatively impact your life well after you have served your time.  For example, if you are ordered to register as a sex offender, your activities may be monitored by authorities for years.

As such, if you are charged with sexual assault, it is important to form as strong a defense as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you prepare to answer the charges. Given your circumstances, the attorney could work to get the charges dismissed or greatly reduced.