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Sexual assault laws in the U.S.

The United States law regarding sexual assault is strict and may lead to several years in prison. Any crime that involves unwanted sexual contact can turn into a sexual assault case. In most cases, sexual assault involves crimes from groping to rape. The sentencing for these depends entirely on the seriousness of the crime committed. The exact crimes that fall under sexual assault vary from state to state. It is important to know about state laws before filing a complaint in court.

Sexual assault usually occurs through the use of force, coercion or drugs that damage the victims' mental ability to understand the situation. Sexual conduct after alcohol abuse is considered as assault because the victim is not able to legally consent to any sexual acts. Sexual contact after the use of any other drugs that lead to mental instability is also considered as an assault. In modern times, states laws cover sexual assault between people of the same sex as well. Some states distinguish sexual assault crimes between penetrative and non-penetrative crimes. Penetrative assault crimes are considered as first-degree assault cases.

In some cases, sexual assault is carried out by the spouse of the victim. Special state laws are in place to deal with spousal sexual assault. These laws eradicate marriage as a defense for the attacker and prohibit the use of force leading to sexual contact.

If you have been charged with sexual assault, it is advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Assault charges are quite severe and may lead to several years in prison. It is important to start the defense as early as possible. You should contact an attorney even if there is a slight chance of you being named in a sexual assault case.

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