A charge of sexual assault can lead to extremely serious consequences including a significant term of imprisonment. If you are convicted of sexual assault the prosecution will ask for a Sexual Offender Information Registration Act (SORRA) order that will require you to respect the terms of the order for 10-20 years. This will enable members of the public to look you up and you will live a lifetime stigma of being a “sex offender” or “rapist.” Even if you are not convicted of this offence, without a proper defence, the associated stigma of the alleged accusation could effect your future relationships, your employment and your livelihood.


Consent is the voluntary agreement of the complainant to engage in the sexual activity in question.

Consent is not always understood, and a miscommunication or a mistaken belief of consent could lead to a life-long stigma of being a sexual offender.

In some cases, the accused may truly believe that consent was given; even if after-the-fact the complainant says that it was not. Also, age and relationship of the accused and complainant will effect the issue of consent.


If you have been charged with sexual assault, it is extremely important that you seek legal counsel before speaking to the police. Often people charged with sexual assault are automatically assumed to be guilty, and what you say can be used against you in court.

Having a skilled sexual assault defence lawyer will ensure that you are treated like a human, and properly defended. Everyone has the right to a competent defence, and this absolutely applies to those charged with sexual assault.

I am criminal defence lawyer Michael Bloom. I understand that people charged with sexual assault are mistreated by the media and are assumed to be guilty. I will not judge you, and will treat you with the respect that you deserve. I will also ensure that the media is properly handled during your case.

I will examine your case from all angels to provide the most thorough defence. There are many ways to defend sexual assault cases, and I will work tirelessly to develop the right defence strategy and trial plan for you. If necessary, I will utilize the expertise of experts in psychology and forensics to shed light on critical details of your case.


If you have been charged with sexual assault, allow yourself to be defended by the most thorough defence lawyer in the Lower Mainland. Call 604 603 5513 or submit a form here to arrange your FREE defence consultation.