Sexual assault refers to unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact. Any sex act between persons is sexual abuse by either of the persons when the act is performed with the other person in any of the following circumstances:
- The act is done by force or against the will of the other. If the consent or acquiescence of the other is procured by threats of violence toward any person or if the act is done while the other is under the influence of a drug inducing sleep or is otherwise in a state of unconsciousness, the act is done against the will of the other.
- Such other person is suffering from a mental defect or incapacity which precludes giving consent, or lacks the mental capacity to know the right and wrong of conduct in sexual matters.
- Such other person is a child.
In Iowa, sexual assault is referred to as Sexual Abuse.
Depending on the severity of the victim’s allegations, sexual abuse can be classified as a felony. The risk exposure and severity of the penalties are largely dependent on the victim’s claims, and pre-trial preparation is vital.
The mere accusation of sexual assault can have a devastating effect on your life, including serious harm to your reputation, career and personal relationships. A sexual assault conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. If convicted, you will face sex offender registration requirements and severe criminal penalties. Regardless of the severity or circumstances of your offense, your sex offender registration becomes public record, and your neighbors and employers will be able to see this identification for the rest of your life.
At the Law Office of Raphael M. Scheetz we have extensive experience in the sensitive and highly challenging sexual assault cases. Contact the Law Office of Raphael M. Scheetz to discuss how we can help you.