Civil Lawsuits For Sexual Assault When Drinking Was Involved
Unfortunately, it is becoming more common that a night of fun and partying can end with a nonconsensual sexual assault. I founded Kircher Law, LLC, in Maineville to represent victims of sexual assault throughout Ohio in civil lawsuits. I am attorney Konrad Kircher, and I want to help hold sexual predators and assailants accountable for the trauma they have inflicted on abuse victims. If you were sexually assaulted or abused while you were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, I can help hold perpetrators responsible.
Consent, Impairment And Sexual Assault When The Victim Is Intoxicated
Under Ohio law, a person cannot consent to sexual activity if that person is impaired. An impaired person is defined as someone who is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or consenting. A person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol – by choice or design – can be considered impaired. Date rape drugs, such as GHB and Rohypnol, are used to intentionally impair a person. But even if a person voluntarily chooses to drink or take drugs, that does not mean that they consent or have the ability to consent to sexual activity if they become impaired. Anyone who takes sexual advantage of an impaired person can be held responsible for their actions in civil court if there is evidence that the victim was impaired or intoxicated.
Third-Party Responsibility For Sexual Assault
In some cases, a third party might also be accountable for a sexual assault that takes place when a victim is intoxicated, impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A victim may be able to pursue damages from a landlord, a hotel owner or a school or university if there is evidence that the third party was negligent with their security or should have taken precautions to prevent the assault from happening.
Consult With A Sexual Assault Lawyer For Free
At Kircher Law, I offer free initial consultations. If you suffered a sexual assault while you were impaired or intoxicated, I can help you hold your assailant accountable. To schedule your free appointment, you can call my office at 888-725-0811 or send me an email using my online form. I look forward to hearing more about your case and telling you more about how I can help.