In our previous post, we discussed some of the factors that affect whether the Crown will offer a plea bargain to a defendant or not. In sexual assault cases, as well as other sexual offences, there might not be a plea bargain possible because of the nature of the accusations. We know that facing a lengthy prison sentence isn't something that most people want to do.
It is important for anyone who is facing criminal charges for a sexual offense to understand the charge they are facing. Many people don't realise that a sexual assault charge is possible in Canada for simply touching another person in a sexual manner when that contact isn't wanted by the other person. Attacks of a sexual nature can also result in criminal charges. Anyone who is convicted of a sex-related criminal charge is subject to penalties, such as incarceration, registration on the sex offender registry and fines.