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Juvenile faces sexual assault charges in Sacramento

Any type of media report concerning an arrest of an individual on sexual assault charges can rattle a local community, with the spotlight on the crime intensifying when a weapon was involved or perhaps raising some eyebrows when a suspect claims the encounter was consensual. No matter what the context of the allegations may be, the outcomes of sexual assault cases are heavily dependent on the exact details of the case. And those details can make the difference between a lifetime branded as a sex offender or being able to go free.

In one recent case, a 15-year-old boy was arrested on a variety of very serious charges, including rape. According to the reports, this boy was arrested in connection with allegations brought forward by an elderly woman. The woman claims that the boy entered her apartment, sexually assaulted her and stole some of her money and possessions. The alleged attack took place in February of this year.

The variety of illegal behaviors alleged in this case, as well as the advanced age of the reported victim, could both turn out to be crucial details in this case. Sexual assault charges on their own are difficult enough to plan a criminal defense for, but when combined with other serious felony charges the defendant's options in this case may be limited.

Not every criminal case goes to trial. Any of our Roseville readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that the majority of criminal cases end with a plea bargain. However, sexual assault cases involve more than just the threat of a prison sentence. Individuals convicted on sex crimes charges often have to spend a lifetime as a registered sex offender in whichever state they reside, as well as being required to go through intensive sex-offense specific therapy sessions. As a result, sexual assault cases are prime candidates for a defendant to defend from every possible angle.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Teenager arrested in February sexual assault," Cathy Locke, April 3, 2013

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