Rape may be one of the most serious charges a person can face outside of murder and treason. Aside from the obvious criminal penalties, those convicted of rape will also face a lifetime of social ostracization while their name, address, photo and crimes are publicly listed on the sex offender registration list. If you are accused of rape, do not speak to the police or victim until you have first spoken with a top San Diego sex crimes defense attorney.
The problem with rape charges is that they very often come down to one person claiming a sex act was rape while the other claims it was consensual. Even if there is DNA evidence, that rarely proves more than the fact that sex occurred -not that one party was raped. Bruises, scratches and bite marks can also be used as evidence, but if two persons participated in consensual rough sex, there is nothing illegal about such activity. In some cases, just trying to explain that you did not rape someone can provide the police with evidence that will work against you, which is why a San Diego defense lawyer is critical when you are accused of such charges.
Conviction of rape requires automatic state prison of at least 3 years and up to 8 years for each count. Even if there are witnesses or other evidence to prove that you did the crime, or even if you just want to confess to get things off your chest, you should still speak with a San Diego criminal attorney before speaking with police. Your lawyer may be able to have charges or sentencing reduced in a plea bargain so you will at least minimize the penalties you face.
If you have been accused of rape, or believe someone may accuse you, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with top San Diego criminal defense lawyer Peter M. Liss.