Experienced North Carolina Legal Team Protects Your Rights as a Sexual Assault Victim

Fighting for clients in Durham, Greenville, Asheville, Burlington and Winston-Salem

If you have been sexually attacked, the state should file a criminal case against your abuser. You, however, still have the right to file a civil suit to receive compensation for the pain, suffering and medical expenses you incurred. Our attorneys at the Lanier Law Group, P.A. want to help you get everything you may deserve.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is a range of sexual crimes in North Carolina. At Lanier Law Group, P.A. we know that accusing your abuser may be traumatic, but we are prepared to help you through this difficult time and to make sure that justice is done. Below are the types of sexual abuse that constitute sexual assault under North Carolina law:

First-degree rape: A person commits first-degree rape if the person engages in vaginal intercourse:

  • By force and against the will of the victim, and:
    • Employs or displays a deadly weapon, or
    • Inflicts serious personal injury on the victim, or
    • The rapist is aided by one or more other persons.
    • With a child younger than 13.

Second-degree rape: A person is guilty of second-degree rape if the person engages in vaginal intercourse:

  • By force and against the will of the other person, or
  • With a victim who is mentally disabled or physically helpless.

First-degree sexual offense: A person is guilty of a first-degree sexual offense if the person engages in any sexual act:

  • By force and against the will of the victim, and
    • Employs or displays a deadly weapon, or
    • Inflicts serious personal injury on the victim, or
    • The offender is aided by one or more other persons.
    • With a child younger than 13.

Second-degree sexual offense: A person is guilty of a second-degree sexual offense if the person engages in any sexual act:

  • By force and against the will of the other person, or
  • With a victim who is mentally disabled or physically helpless.

Sexual battery: A person is guilty of sexual battery if the person, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse, engages in sexual contact with another person:

  • By force and against the will of the other person, or
  • With a victim who is mentally disabled or physically helpless.

Sexual offenses for which consent is no defense: Regardless of whether the victim consented, a person is guilty of a felony if:

  • If the abuser was the parent or guardian of the minor victim, or
  • If the abuser was the victim’s teacher, school administrator, school safety officer, or coach.

If you are sexually abused in Burlington, Asheville, Winston-Salem or anywhere in North Carolina, you are not alone. Lanier Law Group, P.A. is here to fight for you. Our lawyers have been helping victims of sexual abuse in North Carolina for decades. We take steps to ensure you feel safe and secure with us.

Obtain just compensation after a sexual assault in North Carolina

Lanier Law Group, P.A. provides aggressive counsel to anyone who has been sexually abused or assaulted in North Carolina. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 855.234.7619 or contact us online. We have 11 offices conveniently located in Burlington, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville and Jamestown. You owe us nothing unless you win a judgment or settlement.