Rape is a very serious criminal charge with very serious consequences. It is also one of the most common crimes that people falsely accuse others of doing. While forensic testing can often identify whether or not two people did, in fact, engage in sexual activity, it cannot tell if the sex was consensual and these crimes often come down to the word of the alleged victim versus the word of the alleged assailant. If you have been accused of rape or any other non-consensual sex crime, please call a top San Diego criminal attorney like Peter M. Liss as soon as possible.
It is important to recognize that there are many different types of rape. While a violent sexual assault will leave bruises and other marks that can be used as evidence, cases involving date rape may come down to whether or not the alleged victim was too drunk to consent to sexual activity –a subjective distinction that cannot be easily defined. No matter what you have specifically been accused of, it is critical your sex crime lawyer in San Diego have experience defending all variety of rape charges from non-violent acquaintance rape to sexual assaults that have left the victim in the hospital. Peter Liss has this level of experience and has successfully defended hundreds of clients accused of all nature of rape charges.
Spending time in a state prison is mandatory if you are convicted of rape, but these convictions will not only result in prison sentences and large fines, but will also require you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. This means that your name, address, photograph and the crimes you committed will be available to the public, even searchable on the internet. Additionally, many of these offenses will count as a strike under California’s three strikes law and if you receive three strikes, you can face life imprisonment.
A top San Diego criminal defense lawyer can help you by having any forensic evidence retested in an independent lab; consulting with mental health professionals to show that you do not fit the profile of a sex offender; gathering witnesses who can help back your side of the story; and researching the accuser’s past to discover whether or not he or she has a history of making false claims, a motive to falsely accuse you or mental health issues that could result in them developing false memories or making false claims.
A San Diego criminal lawyer like Mr. Liss can also help defend you from similar sex crime accusations such as sexual battery; sodomy or oral copulation with an unwilling, unknowing or unconscious victim; and indecent exposure charges.
If you have been accused of any type of sex crime, particularly rape or other sex offense allegedly committed against an unwilling participant, it is critical you speak with a top San Diego criminal attorney as soon as possible. You can schedule a free consultation with Peter M. Liss by calling (858) 486-3024.
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