Attorneys Sutton and Wright Obtain Not Guilty Verdict in Sexual Assault Case
In September of 2018, our client was alleged to have been involved in an incident with a female. Because of the claims made against our client, he was charged with second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse, and domestic battery.
Potential Conviction Penalties for Charges
Under West Virginia law, second-degree sexual assault occurs when a person engages in sexual conduct with someone else without their consent. A conviction for this felony offense could result in a prison sentence of between 10 and 25 years and/or a fine between $1,000 and $10,000.
First-degree sexual abuse is also a felony. The offense is defined as subjecting someone to unwanted sexual contact, which includes, but is not limited to, touching the individual's breasts, buttocks, or sex organs. A conviction carries with it between 1 and 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
In West Virginia, domestic battery occurs when a person physically contacts a member of their family or household in an insulting or provoking manner or touches them in a way that causes physical injury. A person convicted of this offense could spend up to 12 months in jail and/or be fined up to $500.
Obtaining a Not Guilty Verdict
Recognizing the seriousness of our client's charges and the potentially life-changing effects of a conviction, Attorneys Sutton and Wright developed a solid legal strategy to fight the accusations. The case was heard by a 12-person jury, which returned not guilty verdicts for the second-degree sexual assault and domestic battery charges. The jury did not make a decision on the sexual abuse charge, as it was not given to them to consider.
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If you've been charged with a crime in Berkeley County, contact our team as soon as possible. We will be committed to providing focused and aggressive legal representation to challenge the allegations made against you.
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