We have previously covered rape, statutory rape, spousal rape, sex crimes against children and forced oral copulation, but we haven’t discussed what is perhaps the most serious of all sex crimes, aggravated rape. While all sex crimes require the help of an attorney, aggravated rape accusations require the help of a criminal lawyer with experience handling these types of difficult cases.
Aggravated rape occurs when a rape involves more than one attacker, a weapon, violence that resulted in great bodily injury or a suspect with at least one prior conviction on his or her record. These cases are not only more serious than a standard rape charge, but they will also often result in a more biased jury, which means your Del Mar rape lawyer will need to work even harder to fight the charges.
Generally speaking, rape has a maximum penalty of up to eight years and while rapes that took place after 2017 have no statute of limitations, those prior to that date are subject to a statute of limitations of six years from date of the offense or one year after the date of discovery of DNA evidence. Aggravated rape can result in either 15 or 25 years to life under California’s one strike law for rapes that involve bodily injury, weapons, more than one attacker, or during a burglary or kidnapping. Rape of a minor under these circumstances will also result in life sentences. There is also no statute of limitations for aggravated rape cases, so if someone identifies their attacker forty years after the crime occurred, that suspect could still be arrested and sentenced despite the long stretch of time since the act actually took place. With all this in mind, it’s easy to see why it is so important to only fight these charges with the help of an experienced Pacific Beach sex crimes defense attorney.
If you have been accused of aggravated rape or believe you may be accused of the crime, please call City Heights criminal lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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