- Thursday, June 07, 2012
Rape charges against former Boston University hockey player Max Nicastro were dismissed because prosecutors determined they lacked a good-faith basis to “prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.” 22 year-old Nicastro was arrested on February 19th
after being accused of raping a female on campus and pled not guilty to the charges. He was suspended from the hockey team and un-enrolled from the university. The chief of the DA’s assault unit noted, “in sexual assault cases…any number of roadblocks may hinder prosecution, including an alleged victim’s reluctance to proceed in court, inconsistent statements from witnesses, and alcohol or drug use.”
“Beyond a reasonable doubt” is the standard employed to validate a criminal conviction, and the prosecution generally bears the burden of proof. A rape conviction can result in imprisonment for up to 20 years. If you have been indicted on a criminal charge, consult the attorneys at Brooks & Crowley to see what legal advice we can offer you.