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You’re FIRED: You May Lose Your Job If Arrested for Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault charges can upset your life in so many ways. Not only do you have to prepare an effective legal defense to avoid a life altering conviction, you could lose your job. Even if you’re found innocent, serious criminal charges can ruin a promising career. A sexual assault defendant may also be subject to incarceration, harsh financial penalties and a requirement to register as a sex offender.

Sexual Assault Charges

You're FIRED You May Lose Your Job If Arrested for Sexual AssaultBuilding an effective defense to fight sexual assault charges depends on many factors. Sometimes the crime is considered illegal only because of the ages of the parties involved in the alleged incident. Cases involving domestic abuse, divorce or custody disputes present a completely different set of legal hurdles to overcome. Regardless of the nature and scope of the criminal charges, evaluating the evidence and identifying the weakest elements of the prosecution’s case against you is the beginning point of an effective defense strategy.

Keeping Your Job

Serious criminal charges can prompt an employer to suspend or dismiss an employee. Just like the prosecution’s case against you, you and your defense team need to carefully review the conditions of your employment. It’s illegal for an employer to discriminate against any employee. Most employers have adopted specific policies and procedures for responding to common employee related circumstances. Among the factors that may influence an employer’s reaction to pending criminal charges are the following:

  • It may be necessary to suspend an employee without pay if the pending criminal charges prevent the employee from completing their assigned duties and responsibilities. A good deal will depend on the amount of interaction the employee has with other employees and customers. The employee will be allowed to return to work in the event of an acquittal or dismissal of charges. A conviction on sexual assault charges will likely result in termination.
  • Regardless of the legal status of an employee, the employer is obligated to honor the policies and procedures that were established as a condition of employment. Some employers may even be willing to grant an employee personal leave in order to serve a jail sentence. Yet other employers may count time away from the job as an unexcused absence. Once the employee has exceeded the employer’s maximum number of unexcused absences, they can be dismissed.
  • Some employees are eligible to request a leave without pay or utilize accrued vacation while they take care of their legal problems.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes can damage a defendant’s reputation, family and future like few other crimes. False accusations of sexual impropriety are not unusual. Sexual allegations can be used by alleged victims and prosecutors to improperly convict an innocent defendant. Responding aggressively to a sexual assault charge is the best way to preserve both your job and your freedom.

Get an Attorney before It’s Too Late

If you have been arrested, then your attorney is your best friend. He is the person who is responsible for building up a strong case so you can avoid prosecution and hopefully keep your job. Brett A. Podolsky loves defending against sex crimes and will work hard to secure your freedom; just call 713.227.0087.

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