With the recent allegations against prominent celebrities, many people are wondering if they can bring a lawsuit for sexual assault in California? The short answer is that if you have been hurt or injured as a result of a sexual assault, you can sue to recover costs such as medical bills, counseling, payments, suffering and possibly punitive damages as well.
You may be wondering whether you need to file criminal charges first? According to Equal Rights, the answer is you do not even need to press criminal charges first. Although it is usually advisable, police can often turn up evidence that could be used to help with a civil lawsuit, even if charges do not get filed. Additionally, it could preserve your immediate impressions and keep you from having to explain why you did not go to the police. The standard of proof is lower in a civil trial, making it a worthwhile activity to explore.
In a criminal case, the defendant must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, in a civil trial, the plaintiff must prove liability by a preponderance of the evidence, which simply means that it is more likely than not that the defendant did what the plaintiff alleges. Usually, the biggest issue in determining whether it is worthwhile suing is whether the defendant has sufficient assets to pay for damages.
Alternatively, there may be another party responsible, such as a building owner that failed to provide adequate security or lightning. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, sexual battery or sexual harassment in California, call a law group. They will explore the possibility of filing a lawsuit on your behalf and seek to recover money damages.
This blog post does not render legal counsel.