A sexual assault case raises both civil and criminal implications. The criminal justice system seeks to punish those who commit crimes by imposing jail, prison, probation, fines, and other forms of punishment upon criminals. Obtaining a criminal conviction for a sex crime can be difficult to do when it comes to proving a case beyond a reasonable doubt. Sexual assault cases often lack evidence and contain defenses such as consent. A Miami Sexual Harassment lawyer can help you during this difficult time.
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Under Florida law victims of rape and sexual assault can bring civil lawsuits against the perpetrator for:
and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The burden of proof in civil court is a preponderance of the evidence which is substantially lower than a prosecutor’s burden of proof in criminal court which is beyond a reasonable doubt.
Victims may also bring lawsuits against third parties including:
and government entities.
These lawsuits involve claims for:
failure to exercise reasonable care,
failure to provide a safe work or school environment,
failed background checks,
Sexual assault cases can have devastating short-term and long-term effects on victims and their families. A victim may seek compensation for medical treatment, psychological trauma, emotional counseling, wage loss, and punitive damages
What Is Essential for an Attorney in a Sexual Harassment Incident?
It’s important to retain compassionate and experienced counsel immediately if you are a victim of sexual assault. Notifying law enforcement and obtaining medical treatment (rape kit, blood test, etc.) may be very significant at the outset of your case.
Eric J. Mausner, Esq. is a former prosecutor and has a decade of experience working with police officers, witnesses, and crime victims. Our consultations are free and there are no legal fees unless we recover for you. Call us anytime – 305-344- (HURT) 4878. We are always ready to help.
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