California Rape Attorney
Are you facing rape charges in California? Get in touch with a California sex crimes attorney who will fight for you, no matter what.
Getting charged with a sex crime like rape can lead to very serious penalties in California. However, it can be tough to prove rape actually occurred. By researching the rape laws in the state and the associated offenses, you can decide if you want to hire an experienced California sex crimes attorney to help you with your case. Then, you’ll have the best chance possible of getting your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
What Is Rape?
In California, rape is defined as sexual intercourse with another person that occurs against the victim’s will, and the victim was not able to give consent. Sexual intercourse is defined as penetration of the genitalia or vagina by the penis.
It is illegal to have sex with someone who cannot give consent because the intercourse was done with the use of force or violence or under duress, the person was intoxicated, the person has a mental illness, or the person is not aware of the act that’s occurring. This could include threatening to beat someone up if they don’t engage in intercourse with you or having sex with someone who is too drunk to know what’s going on. Additionally, you cannot trick someone into having sex with you by using deceit.
Some crimes related to rape in California include statutory rape, which involves a minor, sexual assault, and sexual battery. Rape specifically deals with sexual intercourse.
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Proving You Committed Rape
It can be very difficult for a prosecutor to prove that a rape occurred, especially because this crime does not normally happen in public, where there could be witnesses around. Finding evidence of rape can be tricky, and there is a large burden on the alleged victim to show that they did not consent. One type of evidence that could be used is a medical examination of the individual who claimed they were raped immediately following the act.
Penalties for Rape
Rape is a felony, and you could go to prison for three, six, or eight years, as well as be required to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and register as a tier-three sex offender for life. You’ll also receive a strike on your record – in California, there’s a three strikes law, and if you have three felonies on your record, you could receive a mandatory life term in prison.
You could get felony or formal probation as well. If the alleged victim suffered from great bodily injury, then you may receive an additional three to five years in prison. As a convicted felon, your gun rights will be taken away from you. Keep in mind that an alleged victim could bring a civil lawsuit against you to try to get money for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other relevant damages.
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Defending Yourself Against a Rape Charge
When defending yourself against a rape charge, you could say that you had consent from the other party, or that no sexual intercourse actually occurred. You may have been falsely accused by someone who was acting out of jealousy, anger, or revenge.
Contact California Sex Crimes Attorney CBS Law
If you are being charged with rape, then it’s time to reach out to a California sex crimes attorney who will defend you and work hard on your behalf. That’s CBS Law.
Want to learn more about what CBS Law can do for you? Then contact us for your free 60-minute consultation by calling (213) 800-8005 or getting in touch on our website. CBS Law is here for you 24/7, and we’ll work hard on your case to ensure justice is served. We are looking forward to helping you with your rape charges in California.
Do NOT speak to law enforcement or investigators about your rape charges, as that information can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Christopher J. Bou Saeed Founding Attorney of CBS Law