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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault laws are different in each state, but generally the laws make it illegal for an offender to sexual touch the victim in a way that is unwanted and offensive. Crimes in sexual assault include sexual groping, assault/battery and attempted rape.

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Sexual Assault Laws

Sexual assault laws vary from state to state, and even from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

In some states, sexual assault charges can be issued for any unwanted sexual contact up to and including rape. Other statutes make rape a separate charge, which may be issued in addition to sexual assault.

Sexual contact in sexual assault cases does not necessarily mean physical contact. Lewd behavior in front of another may qualify as sexual assault if the victim is forced to watch.

“Sexting,” a relatively new phenomenon of sending sexually explicit text messages or photos, may also be prosecuted as sexual assault in certain circumstances.

Sexual Assault Sentences

Sexual assault may be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the jurisdiction, as well as the extent of the contact, the age of the victim and other circumstances.

Generally, sexual assault cases usually result in prison sentences:

  • Up to one year for misdemeanor convictions
  • More than one year for felony convictions

In some cases, judges may recommend counseling in place of prison time, as well as probation, and possible registry on a sex offender database.

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Discuss Sexual Assault Charges with a Criminal Lawyer

To find out more about sexual assault laws in your state, speak with a local criminal defense lawyer. Total Criminal Defense can help you connect with an attorney near you to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. If you are facing a criminal charge, consult a local lawyer today to get advice on how the criminal justice system works and how to handle your case. Call 877-445-1059 or fill out a free online evaluation form today.

The above summary of sexual assault is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on sexual assault laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.


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