A false accusation of sexual assault can be stressful and difficult. A sexual assault conviction can cause problems for you and your family for years. Don't fall prey to a false accusation of sexual assault—call a lawyer from our Brampton firm for help.
A sexual assault conviction may negatively impact your reputation, alienate you from your loved ones, and make it difficult for you to find work.
How Sexual Assault Charges Can Affect Your LifeRegardless of the circumstances surrounding them, sexual assault allegations can have devastating consequences. Depending on the severity of the accusation, consequences may include:
- Fines: When tried as a summary offence, sexual assault can result in up to $2,000 in punitive fines and may be paired with a jail term.
- Jail time: Every level of sexual assault charge carries a possible sentence of jail time. However, the sentence length varies according to the severity of the offence. For example, assault tried as an indictable offence may result in up to 10 years in prison, while aggravated sexual assault can result in life imprisonment.
- Registration as a sex offender: If you are convicted of a sex offence anywhere in Canada, you must register as a sex offender. You would be considered a sex offender for at least 10 years, during which time you may be subject to government restrictions.