Protecting The Rights Of Victims After A Sexual Assault
After sustaining physical and emotional injuries in a rape or other sexual assault, victims often feel scared, confused and angry and are wondering what to do. While there may have been a criminal case related to the assault, not all alleged perpetrators are convicted. This lack of justice can be frustrating to victims. However, there is a course of action that can be taken in order to hold the perpetrator responsible and instill a sense of justice in victims.
At The Law Office of Amalia S. Lucero, L.L.C., victims of sexual assault have an ally in attorney Amalia Skogen-Lucero. With more than 20 years of experience handling cases involving injuries, Ms. Skogen-Lucero is able to explain how a civil lawsuit after a sexual assault can help. She understands the emotions and stress victims are experiencing and is compassionate in her interactions with clients. But she is aggressive when taking action against the party responsible for the injuries and losses resulting from the assault.
Why File A Civil Lawsuit?
As previously mentioned, not all sexual assault perpetrators are convicted for the crime they committed. This is often due to the high evidentiary standards held by the criminal justice system. Criminal cases are judged by evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Unfortunately, in many cases, reasonable doubt is achieved, and criminals are acquitted.
In a civil case, however, the judgment is made by a total “preponderance of the evidence.” This means that the judge or jury has decided, after reviewing the evidence, that the claims of the victim are most likely accurate and true. Upon this outcome, a monetary award is typically granted.
While the monetary award may be welcomed, it is not usually why a civil lawsuit is filed. Ms. Skogen-Lucero believes that everyone is entitled to justice and that any wrongdoers should be held accountable for the horrible acts they have committed. It can bring feelings of relief and comfort to the victim knowing someone was on their side, listened to their story and believed them to the point of ensuring the perpetrator did not completely get away without consequence.
Get The Help And Understanding You Need
Each case is different, and not all cases achieve a positive outcome. However, talking with Ms. Skogen-Lucero can help you understand more about your options for seeking justice after suffering through a sexual assault, rape or other sex crime. Email the firm today or call 505-259-8702.