Things to Consider When Choosing a Sexual Assault Lawyer in Ontario

Choosing the right lawyer when faced with sexual assault charges is important. Here are a few things to consider.

Choosing a Sexual Assault Lawyer in Ontario

Mass Tsang

August 25, 2023 10:00 AM

If you’re facing sexual assault charges in Ontario, you should seek out the best sexual assault lawyer you can find. Sexual assault charges carry the risk of severe penalties if convicted, with potential incarceration, fines, probation, and likely inclusion on the Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR). Know that sexual assault can cover any form of unwanted sexual touching, even something as apparently minor as an unwanted kiss or touching someone’s behind or breast. Know also that being designated as a sexual offender under OSOR imposes onerous conditions on offenders that impact their lives for a minimum of 10 years.

Use Reputable Sources to Find Potential Lawyers

With so many sexual assault lawyers to choose from in Toronto and beyond, figuring out which ones are the best may seem like a difficult challenge. To start your search, you could check out any number of lawyer review websites. Most of these sites rely on reviews based on clients’ experiences with specific lawyers. While this might be helpful, the methodologies used by many of these sites may limit the value of such reviews (see below).

Choose an Experienced Lawyer

Once you have identified promising lawyers for sexual assault cases through reviews, you should assess how much experience they have and try to determine their level of success in favorably resolving cases for their clients. In particular, you want to make sure that they specialize in criminal defence and have defended clients in sexual assault cases. While this information may be available on the lawyer’s website, you might need to determine the level of experience and success through your initial consultation. An experienced criminal lawyer will be happy to highlight successful cases they’ve defended.

How Much Will the Lawyer Cost You?

Hiring an experienced sexual assault lawyer in Ontario is not cheap, but the preservation of one’s freedom and/or otherwise limiting the severity of other potential penalties—such as inclusion on the OSOR—may be invaluable.

Whether on an hourly or block fee rates, criminal defence lawyer fees will be based on:

  • Number of years of the lawyer’s experience.
  • Complexity of the case.
  • Amount of related evidence involved.
  • Whether the case proceeding by indictment or summary conviction.
  • Likelihood of negotiating a plea deal.
  • Length of trial and/or pre-trial proceedings.
  • Whether case heard by judge or jury.
  • Any number of other factors.

Looking at Anonymous Lawyer Ratings Online

As previously suggested, online lawyer review ratings may be of limited value. In particular, many of these online lawyer review sites allow for anonymous reviewing, which calls into question the veracity of the review. Additionally, lawyers can pay a fee to be added to such sites and provide them with reviews that they receive, which adds potential bias to the overall reviews.

Turn to Vilkhov Law for Your Toronto Sexual Assault Defence

If you need an experienced lawyer to defend you against sexual assault charges in the Greater Toronto Area, consider Vilkhov Law. With more than 10 years of criminal defence experience and success, Vilkhov Law is intimately familiar with sexual assault provisions in the Criminal Code and with navigating the criminal justice system. As your sexual assault defence lawyer, Vilkhov Law will strive to get charges withdrawn, secure an acquittal, or otherwise obtain the most favorable outcome possible. To learn more about Vilkhov Law’s approach to sexual assault defence cases, review this recent article.

Related Articles


The Rise of Child Sexual Abuse: A Dark Epidemic

by Justin Smulison

As child sexual abuse cases continue to grow in prevalence, Bobby Saadian, founder & president of Wilshire Law Firm, gives Best Lawyers the inside scoop.

Man in suit with red tie poses for headshot

Do You Need a Lawyer To Make a Will?

by Best Lawyers

Do you need a lawyer to make a will? In many cases, an attorney is not strictly required to create a will. However, a lawyer can provide valuable guidance.

Last will and testament document with pen and glasses

What's The Difference Between Estates and Trusts?

by Best Lawyers

What is the difference between an estate and a trust? Read below to learn more about estates and trusts, including what sets them apart from each other.

Animated figure stands confused on arrow pointing two ways

"Lawyer of the Year"

Man with dark hair and glasses in grey suit

Anthony Arquin

Real Estate Law

Montréal, QC, CA


Canada Makes First Foray Into AI Regulation

by Sara Collin

As Artificial Intelligence continues to rise in use and popularity, many countries are working to ensure proper regulation. Canada has just made its first foray into AI regulation.

People standing in front of large, green pixelated image of buildings


Raising the Bar

by John Fields

New York City-based powerhouse Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to set new benchmarks for personal injury cases, with the firm achieving landmark victories.

Five lawyers sit and stand posing for a photo


A Winning Approach

by John Fields

Recognized New York-based lawyer and trial legend Benedict Morelli, with his firm sharing the keys to their courtroom success, has developed a winning approach.

Three lawyers wearing suits pose for a picture


Precision in Practice

by John Fields

For four decades, the Perecman Firm's unwavering commitment to legal excellence has been crucial in securing victory for those facing life-altering injuries.

Three lawyers stand in NYC street posing for picture

New York Passes 9/11 Notice Act

by Gregory Sirico

Best Lawyers highlights the newly enacted 9/11 Notice Act, which seeks to find individuals eligible for medical care coverage under different federal programs.

Firefighter stands with their back turned with flames in the background

"Lawyer of the Year"

Woman with dark hair and glasses smiling for headshot

Ilene Knable Gotts

Antitrust Law

New York City, NY



Sexual Misconduct Investigations at Work

by Carley Reynolds

Lawyer Carley Reynolds explains how to navigate sexual misconduct allegations at work and offers advice and guidance for those who have been falsely accused.

Woman in yellow shirt talking with man in blue shirt at desk


Romer Debbas LLP: Two Lawyers' Journeys

by Romer Debbas

Romer Debbas LLP lawyers Sarah Tadros Awad, Esq. and Catherine Azevedo, Esq. discuss their legal careers and their journeys in the real estate legal field.

Two female lawyers wearing black suits

How To Find a Good Divorce Lawyer

by Best Lawyers

To navigate a divorce, which is inherently a complex legal landscape, finding the right divorce lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of any case.

Bride and groom figurines on top of a wedding cake


Deborah Change: Strong, Compassionate Leadership

by Justin Smulison

Athea Trial Lawyers continued to impact the California legal landscape, securing justice for the family of an internationally renowned women’s rights leader.

Lawyer smiling while posing for a photo


Easton & Easton: Let Our Family Help Yours

by Justin Smulison

For more than 50 years, Easton & Easton have continued to be the go-to trial law firm for injury and wrongful death claims in Southern California in 2023.

Group of lawyers pose at table with globe in forefront


Justice For Maui

by Justin Smulison

The Maui wildfires were the 5th deadliest wildfire in the U.S. James Frantz was quick to team up with Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, providing crucial resources.

Group of lawyers pose for picture

Trending Articles

The 2024 Best Lawyers in Spain™

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is honored to announce the 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in Spain™ and the third edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Spain™ for 2024.

Tall buildings and rushing traffic against clouds and sun in sky

Announcing The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ 2024

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is excited to announce the landmark 15th edition of The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ for 2024, including the exclusive "Law Firm of the Year" awards.

Sky view of South Africa town and waterways

The Best Lawyers in Spain™ 2023

by Best Lawyers

Announcing Spain's recognized lawyers for 2023.

Flag of Spain

Best Lawyers Expands Chilean 2024 Awards

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is pleased to announce the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in Chile™ and the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Chile™, honoring the top lawyers and firms conferred on by their Chilean peers.

Landscape of city in Chile

The Best Lawyers in Portugal™ 2024

by Best Lawyers

The 2024 awards for Portugal include the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in Portugal™ and 2nd edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Portugal™.

City and beach with green water and blue sky

Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in America Honorees

by Best Lawyers

Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Gold strings and dots connecting to form US map

The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ 2023

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers proudly announces lawyers recognized in South Africa for 2023.

South African flag

The Best Lawyers in Peru™ 2024

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is excited to announce the landmark 10th edition of The Best Lawyers in Peru, the prestigious award recognizing the country's lop legal talent.

Landscape of Peru city with cliffside and ocean

Best Lawyers Expands 2024 Brazilian Awards

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is honored to announce the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in Brazil™ and the first edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Brazil™.

Image of Brazil city and water from sky

The 2023 Best Lawyers in Portugal™

by Best Lawyers

Announcing the elite group of lawyers recognized in Portugal for 2023.

Green and red Portuguese flag

Unwrapping Shrinkflation

by Justin Smulison

Through the lens of the United States, we take a closer look at the global implication of companies downsizing products while maintaining and often raising prices.

Chocolate bar being unwrapped from foil

Announcing the 2024 Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico™

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is proud to announce the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico™, honoring the top lawyers and firms across the country for 2024.

View of Puerto Rico city from the ocean

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2023

by Best Lawyers

The third edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ highlights the legal talent of lawyers who have been in practice less than 10 years.

Three arrows made of lines and dots on blue background

2021 Best Lawyers: The Global Issue

by Best Lawyers

The 2021 Global Issue features top legal talent from the most recent editions of Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch worldwide.

2021 Best Lawyers: The Global Issue

The Best Lawyers in Colombia™ 2024

by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is honored to announce the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in Colombia™ for 2024, which honors Colombia's most esteemed lawyers and law firms.

Cityscape of Colombia with blue cloudy sky above

The Best Lawyers in Chile™ 2023

by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms in Chile.

White star in blue box beside white box with red box on bottom