Rape is a sex offense that is subject to prosecution. There are many types of sex offenses with the crime of rape being the most serious. Rape is defined as the act of sexual penetration without consent. The lack of consent is simply the victim saying “no”, or physically objecting to the act. In some cases, the victim is unable to give consent due to incapacitation. In order to prosecute the crime of rape the prosecutor does not need to prove that the victim objected physically.
There are three main categories of rape including:
- Statutory Rape – engaging in a sexual act with a minor (under the age of 18)
- Date Rape – a forcible sexual act between two parties during a social engagement
- Spousal Rape – forcibly having sex with your spouse without consent
Most often, rape is considered a felony crime, however, in some cases it can be charged as a misdemeanor. Sex crimes are very common and the majority of rape victims know their attacker. If you are convicted of rape you may be sentenced to any of the following:
- Jail time
- Community Service
- Registration as a Sex Offender
If you are charged with rape you must seek counsel immediately. Your attorney will work with you to determine your defense. Since most sex crimes happen without any witnesses, they are regularly prosecuted based on the account of the victim. Talk to an attorney to find out your rights and your potential defense. A criminal attorney will help arrange for your bail and will ask for a bail reduction.
Rape charges are serious and everything possible should be done to defend your rights throughout the process. A rape conviction will negatively impact you for the rest of your life, making it difficult to get employment, and taking its toll on your relationship. You will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life, inhibiting where you can live.