A 5 minute action has turned my life upside down. I need help please.
I have been accused of sexual assault by touching by a co-passenger in the bus. I have accepted this in the police station. I was also been accused of opening her zippers and touching top of her vest. I have not accepted this charge.
She was aware of what I was doing and allowed it and then at some point she made a decision to stop it and shouted and the police was called and I was arrested. But she says she was sleeping.
I thought she was consenting to what I was doing. Until she shouted at me.
I have been released on bail and asked to come back to the police station.
I am looking for a good criminal defence lawyer. Can some one help me please?
This is the first time me for me in the eyes of the law as a suspect and I'm tormented. I'm a family man and a working professional. I havent disclosed this information to family / friends / workplace. I find it very difficult to cope with this life and am afraid if I will be give a prison sentence.
I was assigned a free solicitor during the police interview and he was helpful. He said it will boil down to whether consent was given or not in the court.
Do I need to go for a private solicitor to defend myself if am charged.
Many thanks for all your help and support,