A new law takes effect in Florida on July 1 that changes the way law enforcement handles sexual assault claims. According to an orlandosentinel.com report, the so called “43 Days Initiative Act” will allow victims of sexual assault additional time to report a criminal act against them.
As we have noted in a number of our posts, sexual assault cases bring a high level of emotions; both to those who prosecute such cases, as well as those who defend them. The high emotions and social stigma of these cases tend to bring about mandatory minimum sentences, as well as permanent registration and reporting requirements.
The importance of having an attorney during the prosecution of sexual assault cases may go without saying, but it may be equally as important to have legal counsel after the case is completed.
As a number of media outlets have reported this week, comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial in Pennsylvania on charges of aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident in 2004 where he allegedly gave a former Temple University employee Benadryl or some other substance that prevented her from consenting to his advances.
The blog content should not be construed as legal advice.