At Cutter Law P.C., our experienced and well-educated Oakland sexual assault lawyers understand just how traumatic sexual assault and abuse take on survivors. Moreover, we know how hard it truly is to come forward regarding your attack, as it often feels as if you’re admitting to yourself that it truly happened. We fight aggressively for our clients, all while making sure they’re as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process. So, if you’ve survived sexual assault or abuse, then you’ve come to the right firm. To get started on your case, contact our sex abuse attorneys in Oakland for a no-obligation consultation.
How Can Our Professional Oakland Sex Abuse Lawyers Help You?
Each lawyer at our Oakland sex assault law firm has the requisite combination of experience, knowledge, and courtroom aggressiveness to represent you and your interests in a court of law. We’ve won millions for our clients. And, we’ve received a variety of awards for our legal prowess over the years.
Besides our legal prowess, our Oakland sex assault law firm genuinely cares for our clients. How do we do that? Well, we make sure to take each client’s mental and physical health into account throughout the entire process. We understand how much of a physical and psychological toll sexual assault and abuse victims suffer through, and how much the legal process can severely exacerbate those problems. So, from the day you contact our Oakland sex abuse lawyers, to the moment we win your case in a court of law, you can rest assured that you’ll be well taken care of at Cutter Law P.C.
Should You Contact Our Oakland Sex Assault Law Firm?
Even if you’re unsure if your attack constitutes sexual assault or abuse under the law, you should still contact our Oakland sex assault law firm. There’s a chance that your attack can hold up in a court of law, and your attacker must be held responsible for their abhorrent actions. And, if you have any reason to believe that your attack wasn’t the first one perpetrated by your abuser, then it’s even more imperative you contact our firm. After all, if they’ve sexually assaulted or abused one person, then chances are they’ll do so again (according to RAINN.org)
What Are Some Of The Factors That Contribute To Successful Sexual Assault And Abuse Claims?
Regardless of the details of your case, contact our Oakland sexual assault lawyers for a consultation. That said, however, there are certain factors that greatly contribute to the success of your claim in a court of law. Those factors include:
- 1 – Unclear Or Nonexistent Victim Consent
Consent, or lack thereof, is the most significant factor in successful sexual assault and abuse cases. In fact, the lack of consent defines several sex abuse and assault crimes.
- 2 – The Perpetrator Of The Attack Has A History Of Sex Offense
If the person who attacked you has a legal history of past sexual assault or abuse convictions, accusations, or arrests, then that can help your case succeed in a court of law.
- 3 – The Victim Assumed Medical Expenses Directly Resulting From The Attack
If the victim of the attack assumed medical expenses (and they likely will), then that can help in a court of law.
- 4 – The Victim Lost Income As A result Of The Sexual Assault Or Abuse
If the victim lost income due to an inability to go to work (for either mental or physical reasons), then that can help the case succeed in a court of law.
A Team Of Experienced Oakland Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawyers
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that the Boy Scouts of America have a long-standing and sordid history of turning a blind eye to the numerous instances of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by many adult leaders in the organization. Fortunately, we have a team of experienced, skilled, and well-educated Oakland Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawyers standing by to take your case. Also, due to the new statute of limitations on coming forward with childhood sexual abuse (as we discussed in length in our Assembly Bill 218 article here), you now have up until age 40 to file a claim. Don’t let the Boy Scouts continue to get away with such rampant childhood sexual assault and abuse. Contact our Oakland Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawyers for a no-obligation consultation today.
Professional Oakland Catholic Priest Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Just like with the Boy Scouts, the Roman Catholic Church also has a history of an overabundance of childhood sexual abuse problems. To make things even worse, the Church also has a nasty habit of moving priests that abused children to another diocese rather than excommunicating them.
Thankfully, we have an experienced team of Oakland Catholic priest sexual abuse lawyers standing by to take your case. We know it’s hard to come forward with a childhood sexual abuse case, and that’s why we take measures to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. So, if you’ve suffered at the hands of a Catholic priest or another religious leader, then contact us for a consultation.
Do You Need To Worry About A Statute Of Limitations On Filing A Sexual Assault Claim In Oakland?
In California, there is no overarching statute of limitations for sexual assault. However, there are several individual statutes of limitations for different sexual assault felony offenses. For example, rape still carries a statute of limitations (CA PEN 251(a)(5)). Also, thanks to the recent passing of Assembly Bill 218, the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse rose to 22 years after the age of majority, effectively extending it until age 40 for most survivors. Other than those two things, there isn’t much to worry about regarding statutes of limitations for sexual crimes.
The Various Types Of Sexual Assault And Abuse
There are, unfortunately, several different crimes that fall under the umbrella terms of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Those other crimes include:
- All forced sex acts, regardless of circumstance
- Groping, and all forms of unwanted touching
- Sexual harassment, in all its various forms
- All forms of unwanted and unsolicited penetration
- Childhood sexual abuse and exploitation
- Sexual exploitation, like revenge porn, voyeurism, and knowingly exposing another to a sexually transmitted disease
California Laws Regarding Sexual Assault And Abuse
According to California Penal Code 243,4, sexual assault and abuse include the following:
- Physical contact with the “intimate part(s)” of “another person who is institutionalized for medical treatment and who is seriously disabled or medically incapacitated” (CA PEN 243.4 (b),(c)). In short, sexual contact with anyone under medical care who is unable to consent on their own accord.
- Contact with the “intimate part(s)” of another person while said person is “unlawfully restrained by the accused or an accomplice” (CA PEN 243.4 (a)). In other words, sexual contact with anyone restrained, locked or tied up, or otherwise imprisoned by the offender.
- Any contact with the “intimate part(s)” of another person for the purposes of “sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse” while the victim is “unconscious of the nature of the act” (CA PEN 243.4 (d)). Unconscious of the nature of the act can refer to everything from a medical lack of consciousness to simply being unaware of the act at the time.
Get In Touch With Our Oakland Sexual Assault Lawyers Today
Sexual assault and abuse are inordinately common in our society. Fortunately, though, the team of Oakland sexual assault lawyers here at Cutter Law P.C. are always standing by to take your case. We’ve won millions for our clients, and we’re more than happy to represent you and your interests in a court of law. So, if you’ve suffered sexual assault or abuse, then you’ve come to the right place. Contact our firm to schedule a no-obligation consultation today!