Filing a Civil Lawsuit for Sexual HarassmentWritten by Mart Gil Abareta
At present, there are lots of sexual harassment victims who never come forward and report this crime. Many states have special rules for lawsuits brought by adults who suffered sexual abuse as a child. Sometimes, state laws extend time period during which an adult can bring such a lawsuit. This is popularly known as statute of limitations. It is often difficult to win such cases, as any evidence of incident/s and damages has faded during time child is growing up.
Sexual abuse is a term used when an unlawful sexual contact or other kinds of sex-related impropriety happens between a child and an adult, or a young child and a much older child. When your child has been sexually abused, you can bring a civil lawsuit against abuser and report behavior as a crime. While a child is still a minor, child’s parent or guardian must bring a lawsuit on child’s behalf. After a child becomes an adult, adult child may bring lawsuit.
Some of possible reasons for these cases include grooming techniques an offender uses to make victim feel as if he or she was an active participant in abuse itself; victim of sexual abuse may be very aware that people may doubt his/her disclosure, their character, their choices, and because of this perception, they may not disclose.
The Role of a Public DefenderWritten by Mart Gil Abareta
When you’ve been wrongly accused of a certain crime and been prosecuted, you’ll certainly need legal help and assistance of a public defender especially when you can’t afford to pay for legal fees and bills covering consultations, gathering of evidences, and actual proceedings regarding case. However, getting a public defender is not that easy. You also have to go through a somewhat-rigorous process.
The role of a criminal defense attorney is really complex. He can challenge probable cause for arrest, argue in favor of being released on your own recognizance or on very low bail, negotiate plea bargains with prosecutors, discuss pros and cons of going to trial, and discuss advantages and disadvantages of pleading guilty instead of going to trial. These things are what a public attorney can offer you when you’re in same circumstances.
As what I’ve said, getting service of a public attorney from a public attorney’s office is not so simple. You have to go through a careful evaluation of your financial assets, properties, incomes and debts to determine if you are eligible for representation by a public attorney. And, if you can’t afford to hire a lawyer from private legal community, court will automatically appoint a government-paid lawyer to represent you.