Sacramento Sexual Assault Lawyers
The Sacramento sexual assault lawyers at Cutter Law P.C. understand just how much of a toll sexual assault and abuse cases take on survivors. We also know how difficult it can be to come forward and hold your abuser responsible for their actions. Fortunately, our attorneys are here to represent you and your interests in a court of law. We make sure you’re as comfortable and well-taken-care-of as humanly possible throughout the entire process. So, if you’ve been the victim of sexual assault or abuse, then don’t fret. The Sacramento sex abuse lawyers at Cutter Law P.C. are here to take your case. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation today!
How Can Our Sexual Assault Lawyers In Sacramento Help You?
When it comes to sexual assault and abuse cases, the more experienced your attorney, the better off you’ll always be. And, luckily, our Sacramento sex abuse lawyers have decades of combined experience representing victims in a court of law. We’ve won several awards for our legal prowess, including an Avvo Rating of 10.0, and the Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers 2019 award.
A quality Sacramento sex assault law firm should take their client’s mental and physical state into account throughout the case. Why? Because sexual assault and abuse take a substantial psychological and physical toll on the victim, and the legal process can seriously exacerbate those issues. So, a quality Sacramento sex assault law firm should always make sure their client is as comfortable and well-taken-care-of as possible throughout the process. Fortunately, with our firm, that’s precisely what you’ll get!
Should You File A Claim Through Our Sacramento Sex Assault Law Firm?
Even if you’re unsure of whether your case holds water, contact our attorneys for a no-obligation consultation. You may have suffered abuse without even realizing it, and the perpetrator of that abuse must be held responsible for their actions. After all, if they’ve abused once, they’ll likely abuse again (RAINN.org).
Factors That Influence Sexual Abuse And Assault Claims In The Courtroom
There are a few factors that help victims of sexual assault and abuse win in the courtroom, including:
- Victim Consent Was Unclear Or Nonexistent: Consent is the cornerstone of sexual assault and abuse cases. If the victim did not consent to the sexual act, then that shows that the act was abuse or assault.
- The Abuser Has A History Of Sex Offenses: One of the most significant factors of successful sexual assault cases is the abuser’s history of past convictions. For example, if your attacker has a history of attacking others, then that helps show the attacker’s intent and can help juries see that your case is serious and warranted.
- There Were Medical Expenses Involved: If the victim of the sexual assault or abuse endured medical expenses directly related to the attack, then the case stands a much higher chance of success.
- The Victim Lost Income: 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.
Again, even if your case doesn’t explicitly involve any of the four factors mentioned above, contact our sex abuse attorneys in Sacramento anyway. You may have a claim and not realize it yet. Remember, holding abusers liable for their actions is the only way to prevent them from hurting someone else. So, if you feel you’ve been the victim of sexual assault or abuse, then contact us for a no-obligation consultation.
Professional Sacramento Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawyers
As we’ve explicitly stated in our article regarding the new statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse survivors, the Boy Scouts Of America has a sordid history of horrific childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by their adult leaders.
As luck would have it, our firm has a highly-experienced team of Sacramento Boy Scouts sexual abuse lawyers ready to take your case. So, if you’ve suffered at the hands of an adult leader in the Boy Scouts, then contact us. Remember, there’s a relatively new statute of limitations on coming forward with a childhood sexual abuse claim. You can now file up until around age 40. We know it’s hard to come forward with sexual abuse cases. But, if you can, we urge you to file a claim. Doing so goes a long way towards helping hold the organization responsible for its actions.
Expert Sacramento Catholic Priest Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Unfortunately, as with the Boy Scouts, the Roman Catholic Church also has a horrific history of childhood sexual abuse. To make matters worse, it seems as if the Church often does little to nothing to stop the problem. In fact, they often move accused priests to new a diocese rather than removing them from the Church entirely.
Fortunately, our firm employs a team of highly-qualified and experienced Sacramento Catholic Priest sexual abuse lawyers. They have the experience, education, and ability to represent you and your interests in a court of law. We know it can be challenging to face your abuser, and we’re always here to give you a helping hand. So, if you suffered at the hands of a Catholic priest, then contact us for a no-obligation consultation.
Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Filing A Sexual Assault Claim In Sacramento?
The statute of limitations regarding sexual abuse and sexual assault claims varies from state to state. In California, there is no overarching statute of limitations for filing a sexual assault claim. However, there are a few specific sexual assault felonies that still have a statute of limitations attached to them. For example, rape still carries a statute of limitations (CA PEN 261(a)(5)). And, thanks to Assembly Bill 218, the statute of limitations for filing a claim for childhood sexual abuse is 22 years after the age of majority (18-years-old). In other words, you must come forward with your childhood sexual abuse claim by age 40. To learn more about the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse, check out our article AB-218.
The Types Of Sexual Assault
While rape, childhood sexual abuse, and sexual harassment get the lion’s share of media attention, there are several different crimes that the terms “sexual assault” and “sexual abuse” encompass. According to the California Penal Code, Other forms of sexual assault and abuse include:
- Forced sex acts of any kind
- Unwanted penetration of the victim, in any way, shape, or form
- Groping and other forms of unwanted and unsolicited touching
- Sexual harassment
- Rape, statutory rape, and spousal rape
- Childhood sexual abuse and assault, including child pornography, solicitation, molestation, and prostitution
- Sexual exploitation, including acts like voyeurism, revenge porn, and exposing another to a sexually transmitted disease without their knowledge. Other sexual exploitation acts include pimping, prostitution, and exposing someone’s genitals without their consent
What Does California Law Have To Say About Sexual Abuse And Assault?
According to sex crime law in California (California Penal Code 243.4), sexual assault and abuse include:
- Any physical 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.
- 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.
- Physical contact with the “intimate part(s)” of another person “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 it was performed.
Contact Our Sacramento Sexual Assault Lawyers For A Consultation Today
If you’ve suffered sexual assault or abuse, then you’ve come to the right place. The Sacramento sexual assault lawyers here at Cutter Law P.C. have the education, experience, and aggressive strategies necessary to defend your rights and to hold your abuser responsible in a court of law. We know how hard it is to come forward with sexual abuse claims, but we urge you to do so. We’ll be there for you every step of the way. So, contact our sexual assault lawyers in Sacramento for a no-obligation consultation today! Remember, even if you’re unsure of whether your situation warrants a case, give us a call. We may be able to help.