Sexual Assault Lawyers

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A mere accusation of sexual assault can be devastating. We know this and we can help.  We are experts in sexual assault law.  It is what we do, and we do it very well. Call, text, email, or chat. We answer 24/7 for emergencies. 

A mere accusation of sexual assault can be devastating to your reputation.

Our team of uniquely qualified sexual assault lawyers knows this and is very experienced in defending this charge. We take a strategic and thorough approach to defending you and pursuing the best result possible for your defence.

If you are charged with sexual assault, it is imperative that you are well represented by effective and knowledgeable legal counsel.

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There is no point in talking to voicemail when you need us urgently. We always pick up. When we don’t, you can text us or email us, and we will try to get back to you within six hours at the latest.

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You are heard and not ignored. We cannot obtain the result that is best for your specific situation unless we listen to you. It is a cooperative effort.

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Harsh truths are better than comfortable lies. We are honest and candid with you about your chances of success with each action, but you make the call.

Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers

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Professional Sexual Assault Lawyers

A sexual assault is an assault that is sexual in nature that is committed in a way that the sexual integrity of the victim is violated.

In its simplest and most basic form, sexual assault is any unwanted touching of a sexual nature that violates another person’s sexual integrity.

Canadian law also states that a person does not need to receive any sexual pleasure from the act, or even commit the act for a sexual purpose in order for him or her to be guilty of sexual assault when a complainant’s sexual integrity is violated.

Contact our sexual assault lawyers for help with your specific situation.

Sexual Assault Defence

Two common defences to a sexual assault allegation are ‘consent’, and ‘honest but mistaken belief in consent.’

In cases of sexual assault, the law states that a court decides what is consensual exclusively from the perspective of a victim. This means if a victim testifies that an act was not consensual and the court believes their evidence, the court will find that the act was not consensual.

However, the accused person still has the defence of mistaken belief in consent available in a case like this, where a person is not reckless or “willfully blind” to a person’s lack of consent, s/he may be found not guilty of sexual assault.

Our sexual assault lawyers focus on representing people accused of sexual assaults in London, Ontario.

Talk to us today about the best results for your situation.

My experience with Mr. Afolabi has been nothing short of life-saving.

“He supported me through a legal system which seemed to be working against me. From a short time in cells through disclosure to preliminary hearings – Mr. Afolabi handled my complicated and serious criminal charges professionally and timely.

He always explained the process and many times he represented me in court without my attendance required.

A. A.

“Great Lawyer, handled everything professionally.

“Was treated well, and informed of every decision needed to be made. Worked well to deliver best result possible in given circumstances. I am quite pleased with his work and recommend his services to anyone in a bind.

M. M.

What is the Definition of Sexual Assault?

A sexual assault is an assault that is sexual in nature that is committed in a way that the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. In its simplest and most basic form, sexual assault is an unwanted touching of a sexual nature that violates another person’s sexual integrity.

Penalty

The maximum penalty for a conviction of sexual assault is 10 years in jail.

What is the Legal Definition of Consent?

Consent is given when someone voluntarily agrees to sexual activity. In order for consent to be valid, the person giving it must:

  1. Be the person engaging in sexual activity. Another person cannot give consent on behalf of another person.
  2. The person must be able to consent. A person who is underage or unconscious cannot give consent.
  3.  It cannot be as a result of an abuse of trust, power, or authority.
  4. It cannot be as a result of threats or fear for one’s safety
  5. Not have given it as a result of being tricked or deceived about a material fact. An example of this would be his/her partner’s HIV status.
What is the Age of Consent?

The age of consent in Canada is 16 years. There are two “close in age” exceptions. A person who is up to five years older can lawfully engage in sexual activity with someone who is 14 or 15 years old, and a person who is two years older can lawfully engage in sexual activity with someone who is 12 or 13 years old.

Can a Person be Accused of Sexual Assault Even if the Alleged Victim is his/her Spouse?

The law in Canada makes it illegal to have non-consensual sexual relations with anyone, including a spouse.

What if an Assault is not for a Sexual purpose?

Canadian law also states that a person does not need to receive any sexual pleasure from the act, or even commit the act for a sexual purpose in order for him or her to be guilty of sexual assault when a complainant’s sexual integrity is violated.

Can a Drunk Person Consent to Sexual Activity?

In some circumstances, a drunk person can consent to sexual activity. The law states that poor decisions, memory loss, and loss of inhibitions due to alcohol do not automatically make any sexual activity that may have occurred non-consensual. If a person is drunk to the point of incapacitation, however, s/he cannot consent to sexual activity.

What is the Difference Between Rape and Sexual Assault?

There is no longer a charge of rape. Any type of unwanted sexual contact from touching to intercourse falls under the category of sexual assault. A person who is accused of rape and charged will be charged with sexual assault.

What are the Defences to Sexual Assault?
  • Consent – Where a court has reasonable doubt as to whether or not a complainant wilfully consented to participate in sexual activity, this defence is successful.
  • Honest but mistaken belief in consent – Where a person is not reckless or “wilfully blind” to a person’s lack of consent, s/he may be found not guilty of sexual assault.

Contact our sexual assault lawyers today for help with your specific situation.

Sexual assault Resources

Sex Crimes – Further Reading

SOIRA - Sexual Offender Information Registry Act Due Process Must Always Trump Victims’ Rights in Sexual Assault Cases Why Did Jian Ghomeshi Have His Sexual Assault Charge Dropped for a Peace...

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Consent – Section 265 Criminal Code

Definition of Consent The most basic definition of consent is permission or agreement from one person to another person to have that other person do something that would otherwise be illegal.  This general definition applies to all situations.  Additionally, the law...

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SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY (SOIRA) ORDERS

What is SOIRA? SOIRA stands for the Sex Offender Information Registry Act. The purpose of this act is stated to “help police services prevent and investigate crimes of a sexual nature by requiring the registration of certain information relating to sex offenders”....

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Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Lakin Afolabi Law: Ontario Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Lawyers
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