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Major Challenges Involving Sexual Assault

Posted on: January 8, 2009 at 9:51 a.m.

Los Angeles sexual assault attorneys understand the difficulties in defending individuals accused of sexual assault, rape and so forth. Juries are often swayed by their emotions, laws heavily favor the accuser and the individual accused of sexual assault may not properly cooperate with the Los Angeles sexual assault attorney.

When a case is complex, or involves odd outside factors, it makes a sexual assault defense attorneys job that much more difficult.

In Santa Ana, three young men are charged with a sexual assault case that, should they get the maximum, could net them 18 years each in prison. The three men, two of whom play football for Santa Ana College, were charged with raping and sexually assaulting a drunk or unconscious woman last summer and videotaping the crime. The sexual assault took place in July of 2008 at a hotel room. The three men allegedly took turns videotaping and sexually assaulting the girl who allegedly passed out, either from drugs or drinking.

An associate of one suspect discovered the 19-minute recording Dec. 28 and gave it to police, Tustin police Lt. John Strain said. All three suspects are being held in the Orange County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The video tape could make the case difficult to defend for the following reasons:


  1. The girl may not even need to testify because the tape could be used as evidence.

  2. The tape may not show whether the group of people were role-playing (which has been used for a defense in the past).



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