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Understanding Sexual Assault Laws in Kentucky and How Noakes Law Group Can Assist You

Sexual assault is a profoundly traumatic experience that can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and psychological effects on victims. In Kentucky, like in many other states, sexual assault is a serious crime that encompasses a range of non-consensual sexual acts. Understanding what constitutes sexual assault under Kentucky law is crucial for both victims and their advocates. At Noakes Law Group, we are committed to providing support, legal guidance, and advocacy for individuals who have experienced sexual assault.

What is Considered Sexual Assault Under Kentucky Law?

In Kentucky, sexual assault is legally defined as any unwanted sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of one of the parties involved. This includes a wide range of actions, from unwanted touching or groping to forced sexual intercourse. Kentucky law categorizes sexual assault into several different degrees, each carrying different penalties based on the severity of the offense.

  • First-Degree Sexual Assault: This involves sexual intercourse or penetration without consent through the use of force, coercion, or threats. It is considered a Class B felony and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.
  • Second-Degree Sexual Assault: This includes sexual contact without consent, but does not involve penetration. It is classified as a Class C felony and carries a potential prison sentence of 5 to 10 years.
  • Third-Degree Sexual Assault: This involves sexual contact without consent and is considered a Class D felony, punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison.
  • Fourth-Degree Sexual Assault: This includes sexual contact without consent but is considered a lesser offense than third-degree sexual assault. It is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail.

How Noakes Law Group Can Help

At Noakes Law Group, we understand the sensitive and complex nature of sexual assault cases. Our experienced team of attorneys is dedicated to providing compassionate support and expert legal representation to survivors of sexual assault. Here’s how we can assist you:

  1. Legal Guidance and Advocacy: Our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal guidance to survivors of sexual assault, explaining their rights under Kentucky law and helping them navigate the legal process.
  2. Emotional Support: We recognize that survivors of sexual assault may be dealing with significant emotional trauma. Our team offers compassionate support and empathy throughout the legal proceedings.
  3. Investigation and Evidence Gathering: We conduct thorough investigations into allegations of sexual assault, gathering evidence and building a strong case on behalf of our clients.
  4. Representation in Court: If necessary, our attorneys can represent survivors of sexual assault in court, advocating vigorously for their rights and seeking justice on their behalf.
  5. Seeking Compensation: In addition to criminal charges, survivors of sexual assault may be entitled to compensation for their physical injuries, emotional trauma, and other damages. Our attorneys can help survivors pursue civil claims for compensation against the perpetrators and other responsible parties.

Contact a Sexual Assault Attorney Today

Sexual assault is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences for victims. At Noakes Law Group, we are committed to standing up for the rights of survivors of sexual assault and providing them with the support, advocacy, and legal representation they need to seek justice. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault in Kentucky, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help. We are here to support you every step of the way.

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