Sexual assault of a child is one of the most stigmatizing charges under the Criminal Code. Many lawyers are uncomfortable defending such charges given the subject matter. However, the lawyers at Hicks Adams have extensive experience successfully defending our clients against child sexual assault charges.
We understand that there can be many reasons why a child may make false allegations of sexual assault against an adult. Sometimes it is a cry for attention or simply a misapprehension of the actual event that took place. Children are easily susceptible to suggestions made by adults, some of whom may have ulterior motives. It requires a skilful lawyer to delicately challenge the assertions of a child and to explore any possible reasons he or she would be inventing the allegations.
A Conviction for Sexual Assault of a Child has Serious Consequences
A conviction for sexual assault of a child carries a mandatory minimum sentence (a sentence that must be imposed upon conviction) of either 6 months or 1 year, depending upon whether the Crown chooses to prosecute the offence as a summary (less serious) or indictable (more serious offence). The maximum sentence for simple sexual assault of a child is 14 years. The minimum and maximum amounts of jail time increase if the child suffers physical harm or a weapon is used.
A conviction will lead to registration on the provincial and federal sex offender registries. These registries come with ongoing reporting requirements that could continue for life.
A conviction will also damage your professional and social standing and limit your employment opportunities.
Trust Hicks Adams to Skillfully Defend your Child Sexual Assault Charge
As one of the largest criminal law firms in Canada, Hicks Adams has the resources necessary to investigate and successfully defend against child sexual assault charges. Our investigation may involve reviewing the background of the complainant and unearthing issues with the complainant’s credibility, which is often a key factor in these types of cases. Our lawyers will also work with our network of experts to review key forensic evidence, such as DNA, and gather the facts necessary to build a strong defence case. Our experience and our positive success rate in these challenging cases will give you confidence that your case is in the right hands.