Rape and Sexual Assault Victims
At Krupp Law Firm we are more than just an ally. We fight against the abusers who caused your pain and suffering. Having contributed to the prosecution of many perpetrators of sexual assault both criminally and civilly, we understand the sensitive nature of your case and we stand up for your bravery.
We fight for the victims and survivors of sexual assault and rape by bringing cases against the abusers and those who cause or contribute to sexual assault by acting with negligence.
Sexual assault cases are unique. Not everyone is familiar with the how prosecutors and attorneys handle these cases and the complex ways they work together. Unfortunately sexual assaults and rape are all too common in United States and St. Louis and St. Charles County are no different in that regard. Here are some tips in understanding how your sexual assault case might be handled from the beginning.
What do I do when I’ve been sexually assaulted or raped?
Act as soon as possible you have resources on your side. The first thing you should do is call the police. This might result in a trip to the hospital where often time a rape kit is administered and police will ask questions to understand your story and to help investigate the crime.
What happens after the police get involved?
Ideally the case will be assigned to a law enforcement officer or detective with experience in sex crime investigation. They should quickly gather information and refer it to the county prosecuting attorney. The prosecuting attorney will then decide if their evidence will be strong enough to move forward in a criminal case.
What if there is no police involvement or criminal case?
Not all sexual assault and rape cases result in a criminal case. There are many complicated factors that go into whether a sexual assault or rape case in St. Louis or St. Charles County in Missouri will be prosecuted. Still, you may have the opportunity to fight your perpetrators in civil court for money damages to pay for what happened to you. The crucial thing is that you get into contact with a sexual assault or rape victim lawyer in St. Louis County Missouri. It is important to act quickly because unlike in criminal cases, civil cases have a statute of limitations which varies on a case by case basis.
What are the statute of limitations?
In criminal cases there are no statutes of limitations for rape cases and sexual assault cases but in civil cases for money damages the statute of limitations can vary. Most of the time you will have two years to sue the perpetrator and five years to sue an organization or other entity if it’s a claim of negligence. This is always on a case by case basis and you should consult a sexual assault and rape victim lawyer at the Krupp Law Firm who can help you understand your potential case.
How can someone else besides the perpetrator of rape or sexual assault be responsible?
There are a variety of ways in which businesses, organizations or people could be responsible for ensuring your safety. This is especially true in the case of hotels and motels other places where you pay to stay overnight. The law wants people in that situation to be protected. There could be a situation where a company or organization knew about the potential danger or should have known about the dangers associated with potential sexual assault and rape. At the Krupp Law Firm we look at all the parties that could have been responsible and should have acted to protect you. We feel that is one way we help ensure the safety of other potential victims in society but most importantly to compensate you for the wrong you have suffered.
At the Krupp Law Firm we fight hard in the courtroom to help you recover the settlement or verdict you deserve. Don’t wait, call or contact us to set up a free consultation.