Hi - I’m Kristen. I am an attorney that is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
My team and I are committed to fighting for justice for survivors of sexual assault.
In North Carolina we represent victims of sexual abuse in the following types of cases:
When someone thinks of personal injuries they think of injuries from products or the side effects from drugs and medical devices. Sexual abuse is a personal injury. Often, the overlooked long-term effects of sexual assault or abuse are extremely damaging. We know the pain and suffering it causes. We know it damages future relationships and impacts everything in your life.
The trauma from victims of sexual assault often requires healing and that healing can be helped by getting justice and telling their truth. Kristen Beightol, an expereinced injury attorney in North Carolina, offers a safe place for victims of the heinous conduct of abusers. You can take action by filling out our contact form or picking up your phone and calling us about your sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sex trafficking situation. We will answer your questions, and give you as much advice as possible. We have seen and helped survivors in many situations and can help you pursue a civil claim. Contact our lawyers today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was sexually assaulted.
After surviving, as the victim of a sexual crime, it’s normal to wonder how the predator who violated you will be criminally prosecuted. Sex crimes charges can help provide a sense of justice and also helps take dangerous sexual predators out of the community before they can continue to victimize others.
After surviving, as the victim of a sexual crime, it’s normal to wonder how the predator who violated you will be criminally prosecuted. A conviction can help provide a sense of justice and also helps take dangerous sexual predators out of the community before they can continue to victimize others.
We’ve summarized North Carolina’s sexual assault and sexual abuse laws below, which can give you an idea of how much time your perpetrator may face. But these laws do change, so it’s best to speak with one of our experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault attorneys if you want to get a better understanding of how the legal system might handle your case.
A civil sexual abuse lawsuit offers victims the opportunity to:
From Wilmington and Durham to Charlotte and Asheville, our experienced abuse attorneys are here to help you pursue justice with confidence. Learn more about your legal options in a free, confidential consultation.
A survivor of sexual abuse in North Carolina has until the age of 28 years old to bring a civil lawsuit against institutions responsible for the abuse that occurred.
Abuse Guardians has reviewed and vetted several sexual abuse lawyers in North Carolina. We appointed Kristen Beightol as our Abuse Guardian in North Carolina because of her track record in such complicated cases.
Throughout North Carolina, there are several statutes which are used to prosecute sexual predators who commit crimes of child sexual abuse:
There are two different laws which are used to prosecute people who commit statutory rape:
A person is guilty of this offense if he or she is at least 18 years olf and engages in vaginal intercourse with a victim who is younger than 13 years old. A conviction for statutory rape of a child by an adult is punishable by a sentence of anywhere from 300 months in prison to life without parole, depending on the offenders prior criminal history. Upon release, people convicted of this offense are subject to satellite-based monitoring for the rest of their lives.
An offender who engages in vaginal intercourse with another person who is 15 years of age or younger when the offender is at least 12 years old and at least six years older than the victim is guilty of a Class B1 felony punishable by anywhere from 144 months in prison to life without parole. If the offender is at least 12 years old and more than four but less than six years older than the victim, the offense is a Class C felony punishable by 44-182 months in prison.
A statutory sexual offense involves unlawful sexual contact with another (but no penetration) who falls below the age of 16 (in most states, but not all). These offenses are also broken into two classifications:
A person is guilty of this crime if they’re at least 18 years old and engage in any type of sexual activity with a victim who is under 13 years old. The penalty is based on criminal history and ranges from 300 months to life in prison, with lifetime surveillance upon release.
A person is guilty of a first-degree statutory sexual offense if he or she engages in a sexual act with a victim who is younger than 13 years old, the defendant is at least 12 years old and also at least four years older than the victim. This means that this law can be used to prosecute minors who sexually abuse other minors.
Any teacher, school administrator, student teacher, school safety officer, or coach of any age who has vaginal intercourse or any other sexual contact with a student who is at least four years younger than them is guilty of an offense called sexual activity with a student. This crime is punishable by 3-12 months in prison, depending on prior criminal history.
This law is used to prosecute anyone who has assumed the position of a parent in the home of a minor and engages in vaginal intercourse or another sexual act with the minor residing in that home. This offense is punishable by 15-63 months in prison.
North Carolina generally uses three laws to prosecute sex offenders who violate adult victims:
Anyone who engages in sexual intercourse with someone else through the use of force or against their will is guilty of forcible rape. This crime can be charged in one of two degrees, depending on the circumstances of the crime:
First-degree forcible rape involves sexual intercourse committed through force and under any of the following additional circumstances:
At Abuse Guardians - Kristen Beightol, Esq., we are dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault recover the compensation they deserve. If you have been sexually abused by someone in the care of a school or church, we can help. At Abuse Guardian Kristen Beightol, Esq., we are dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse recover the compensation they deserve. Our legal team is ready to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for the abuse you suffered.
Kristen was wonderfully supportive in my professional experience with her. She really offered catered service that was genuine and connected with what I needed during a really difficult time. - Cody M.
In this webinar, the experienced North Carolina sexual abuse lawyer Kristen Beightol, Esq. will discuss how to report sexual abuse in North Carolina. The webinar will also cover how to do so if its an adult or child sex abuse case. This webinar will be by Google Hangouts. To register, please email [email protected]
Date: 06/30/2022 at 9:30 PM