On average, there are more than 400,000 victims of sexual assault every year in the US. This sad fact is a national tragedy. We sympathize with the victims, and listen and believe their stories.
The team at Panter Law also fights for the rights of victims, every single day. Our experienced team has what it takes to advocate for and protect the rights of those who suffered from sexual abuse. We understand what it is like. After such a traumatic event, it is important to have a sensitive and tough lawyer by your side.
Civil vs. Criminal Sexual Assault Cases
After a sexual assault, the police receive a report. When this happens, the local prosecutor chooses to bring charges against the alleged attacker or defendant. This is done by the government, and can result in jail time, fines, and other punishments. Sexual assault is a crime everywhere in the United States.
Civil sexual assault cases are different. Sexual assault is an intentional tort, which means that a survivor can sue their attacker because the attacker did something wrong. A criminal conviction may mean that the attacker is behind bars, which provides a level of justice and also peace of mind, because they will not be able to assault any members of the public behind bars. A civil conviction means that the survivor is paid monetary damages, which helps pay for medical expenses and helps make the emotional and mental suffering easier.
It is common that the attacker does not have the financial resources to properly compensate the survivor, especially when the attacker is in prison. The survivor may also sue another party that failed to provide a safe environment for the survivor. This means that a survivor could sue a school, store, restaurant, hotel, and more.
You can still pursue a civil case even if the state has not prosecuted the attacker.
In addition, a civil case provides the survivor more control over the proceedings, because they are making decisions with their lawyer, not relying on a government prosecutor. A civil case also has the advantage of a lower burden of proof than a criminal case. Finally, you can sue multiple parties at the same time.
We Will Treat You With Respect and Care
Sexual assault can be traumatic. For many people, it is the lowest point of their lives. But it is possible to become stronger, more resilient, and live a healthy life afterwards. The team at Panter Law will be with your every step of the way to ensure that you are taken care of, with the full protection of the law behind you.
We listen, believe, and understand.
Your Rights As A Sexual Assault Survivor
Talking to a lawyer can help you determine what sort of case you have. The American legal system allows people to make claims against those who have wronged them, and having a lawyer by your side means that you have an expert who can help guide you through the process.
What A Florida Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Do For You
After an assault, it can seem like the world does not make sense. Our team wants you to focus on healing, mentally and emotionally. It can be daunting to attempt to take on the entire legal system by yourself, which is where we can help.
Call the experienced team at Panter Law today.