Pursuing Charges in Criminal Court…
The chart below represents the process of pursuing sexual violence charges in Criminal Court. This figure shows each step at it’s simplest form. If you choose to pursue charges in this arena, make sure you feel comfortable with your representation and that you ask as many questions as you need to feel prepared. This is STILL ABOUT YOU.
- Criminal court requires “proof beyond a reasonable doubt”
- The state controls the proceedings and the victim acts as a witness for the prosecution
* Important to note: The State has the final say in whether or not charges will be pursued
** Important to note: Ask your representation about Rape Shield Law
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