Jail Sexual Assault Lawsuit In 2024: Guide to Get Maximum Compensation

If you or a loved one had sexual contact with a prison guard or other staff member, you may be able to file a jail sexual assault lawsuit to get compensation for the violation of rights and other possible traumas suffered.

In criminal court, sexual assault is where someone with authority or control had sex with someone they are in charge of. It is a broader term used in civil cases for all non-consensual sexual touching.

A list of serious violations of rights

Here is a list of unacceptable conduct by prison guards and staff:

  • Extortion or blackmail. 
  • Humiliation. 
  • Physical coercion. 
  • Withholding of basic needs. 

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In every state and territory of the U.S., it is illegal for a prison guard or any prison staff member to have sexual contact with a prisoner. 

It doesn’t matter how it happens, sexual contact and abuse between prison staff and inmates is wrong. Therefore, those who engage in these types of activities need to be held accountable. 

It can be very tricky to go after government entities, such as prisons, in court. After all, they have various advantages in financial resources for defense. In addition, the justice system will often instinctively rely on the version of events as represented by the government authorities. 

Don’t worry. It’s still possible to win your jail sexual assault claim and get the compensation you deserve by hiring skilled and dedicated lawyers.

Penalties for sexual assault

  • When a defendant allegedly performs penetration with an object or a body part. 
  • When it includes a minor age 13 or younger, it also involves intentional touching of the minor’s genitalia with aggressive or sexual intent. 
  • The maximum penalty is 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

It includes the intentional touching of a victim’s genital region over clothes. The penalties range from 7 and half years in prison to 25 years with a fine of $35,000.

When the defendant is in a professional position and has sexual relations with a victim who is in custody. If convicted, the defendant has to face up to a $30,000 fine and 15 years in prison.

  • It happens under the same circumstances as third degree criminal sexual conduct. The only difference is that there is no penetration involved. 
  • If convicted, the defendant has to face up to a $20,000 fine and 10 years in prison. 
  • This includes having non-consensual sexual conduct with a victim. Additionally, it includes masturbating or exposing genitals in front of the victim or trying to remove the clothes of the victim in a sexual manner. 
  • If convicted, the defendant has to face up to a $30,000 fine and multiple years in prison.
  • However, if the defendant also had a sex crime conviction, the penalties increase by $14,000 and seven years in prison.
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Jail sexual assault Lawyer

The victims of alleged criminal sexual conduct only have 6 years to file a lawsuit. 

If you want a lawyer who cares about you and the outcome of your jail sexual assault lawsuit, choose Ethen Ostroff Law. He and his professional connections will ensure you get every dollar possible for what you went through.

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