Rape is considered to be one of the most severe sex crimes and is not taken lightly in a court of law. The crime encompasses any type of sex act that is physically or psychologically forced on an individual against their will through violence, threats, duress, or other fear of injury or danger. Technically, rape is any form of non-consensual sexual activity. For example, if a supposed victim is unconscious and is unable to give consent, then she or he could declare that they were raped. Such charges could ruin the life of the accused.
Rape cases often pose complexities as a result of a number of aggravating circumstances including media attention, community attitudes, false accusations, and more. If you have been charged with rape, it is vital that you seek the help of a proven criminal law attorney who will aggressively protect your legal rights and interests. Don’t risk your freedom. Please contact us today for a free consultation with a qualified criminal defense attorney at Jacoby & Meyers.
Rape: Punishments and Penalties
Rape and other sex crimes are serious criminal offenses that result in severe punishments and penalties including, but not limited to:
- Prison sentence
- Large fines
- Loss of legal rights
- Required sex offender registration
- Mandatory AIDS/HIV testing
- Court ordered rehabilitation
The consequences of a rape conviction often affect an individual even after they’ve paid their dues. For example, sex offender registration dictates where a convicted rapist can live, work, etc. Furthermore, a rape conviction wreaks havoc on a person’s reputation–more so than with other felonies.
If you or a loved one is facing rape charges, let us help you. The experienced criminal law attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers Criminal Defense can plan an effective defense strategy to significantly improve the results of your case. Possible rape defenses may include:
- Lack of evidence/proof
- “Victim’s” consent
- Factual evidence
- Mistaken identity
- Use of polygraph test