What is a lawyer’s role in a sexual offence case?
As of 2015, more than 5,800 sexual assaults had been reported in Quebec, and this number continues to increase. Crimes of this nature are taken very seriously by the Quebec judicial system.
Whether you are a victim or the accused, it is important to know what a lawyer’s role is in a sexual offence case and why you should have one by your side.
The lawyer’s role in the event of a sexual crime
Whether on the defence or prosecution side, a lawyer’s role is to defend the interests of one or more individuals or to prove to the courts that the accused has committed the offence for which they have been charged. To do so, he or she must be able to analyse the situation, provide legal advice and define the strategy to be applied to defend the rights of his or her clients, whether or not it involves a trial, while respecting the existing laws and the rules provided for in the lawyers’ code of ethics.
To ensure that the judicial process goes as smoothly as possible, it is important to be completely transparent with your lawyer so that he or she can prepare your case with full knowledge of the facts. He or she will be able to define the essential points of his or her plea in order to present the facts and defend you. The lawyer is also there to prepare you for your appearance so that you can verbalize the evidence and express yourself clearly before the court.