Rape is a sex crime in California, generally characterized by sexual intercourse that one party did not consent to. We may traditionally think of rape as when a man physically forces a woman to have sex with him. In reality, there are other scenarios that are covered under PC 261, California's rape statute. Coercion or psychological means of having nonconsensual sex count too. Having sex with someone who is not coherent enough to give consent can also be charged as rape. Rape doesn't need to happen between a man and a woman. Rape can also be broken down into several different categories like date rape, spousal rape, statutory rape, forced penetration and even forced oral sex. Rape is a serious charge, no matter which of these categories it falls under. If you are facing potential rape charges, take action and consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options and strategies. Rape is a California sex crime that carries with it a lifetime of sex offender registration, also called a PC 290 registration. There are a few possible defenses that can be effective in court if they apply to your situation. If you genuinely thought the person gave consent, the victim falsely identified you as the rapist or the allegations are simply not true, you can explain this in court. DNA evidence, witnesses or alibis can all demonstrate your innocence. An experienced attorney will be able to disprove false allegations and fight for your rights in court. If you feel like you are being falsely accused of rape, do what you can now to prevent yourself from being convicted. Beyond what the courts will hand down to you, rape comes with a lifetime of social repercussions so it is worth fighting for your stance in the beginning, before you are convicted.
If you or a loved one in the Visalia area are facing rape charges, contact our offices today for expert help in working through the process of defending yourself. Experienced in rape defense, attorney Christopher Martens and his skilled legal team will listen to your story and fight for your dignity in court. Call the Law Offices of Christopher Martens at 559-967-7386 or contact us via email at [email protected] for your free consultation today.