Rape

Rape is one of the most serious crimes in California and as such, it is punished with the harshest penalties. The social opinion on the crime is so strong that many people who are falsely accused of the crime end up having to pay legal and social ramifications from something that wasn't true. However, defense is available for those charged with rape and it is important to utilize those legal services so that he or she is protected against an unfair or false conviction.

Contrary to popular belief, rape is actually a complex area of criminal law. While the fundamental element is that there is the presence of non-consensual sexual intercourse, there are several difference charges under the larger category of rape. Rape can occur in marital or previously established romantic relationships and even consensual relationships can include rape if the two partners have a large age differential. These different rape charges include:

  • Spousal Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Statutory Rape

In California, the prosecutor will be expected to prove several things before conviction is possible. The first is that the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with their accuser. While some states require full penetration in order to constitute a rape charge, California does not. The next element required will be proof that the intercourse occurred against the will of the accuser. This the point at which many false accusations are brought to light because alleged victims may change their story in order to punish or humiliate the alleged defendant. Because the justice system favors victims of sexual offenses, it is far too easy for a consenting individual to turn and accuse their partner of rape in a moment of anger or passion.

OUR SEX CRIME ATTORNEY CAN DEFEND YOU!

The different rape charges have different elements of proof and unique punishments. However, any conviction of a rape-related charge is sure to be accompanied by dire consequences, including life-long registration as sex offender. If you have been accused of rape or if you know someone who has, a criminal defense attorney from Ridley Defense can defend you against your accuser. We represent people in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, and Southern California. Contact our office today and discuss your case with a member of our legal team so that we can begin building a case for your defense.