Rape Laws in California
Long Beach Sex Crime Lawyers with 20+ Years' Experience
If you are charged with a sex crime, it could ruin your reputation in the
future, even if you are found innocent. For this reason, it is crucial
for you to have an aggressive criminal lawyer on your side. At the Law
Office of Peacock & Le Beau, we are dedicated to defending the personal
rights our clients. Our goal is to have your charges dropped or reduced
in any way possible. We want to ensure that you receive a fair and just
trial, no matter what the circumstances are. When individuals are charged
with rape in the state of California, they are facing serious penalties.
Our sex crime lawyers have defended individuals against numerous rape
and statutory rape charges.
If you have been charged with a
sex crime in the Long Beach area, our firm is prepared to help. When you enlist
our services, you can rest assured that we will tirelessly fight for your
acquittal. We know how difficult and confusing this time may be, which
is why we always offer our clients understanding legal support. Our criminal
defense team has worked together for more than 20 years, building a strong
and dependable reputation. Let us provide the dedicated legal representation
you need during your case.
Charged with Rape?
Before determining what penalties may result from a rape conviction, there
are several factors that must be reviewed. When there is physical force,
intimidation or threats of violence involved in acts sexual intercourse,
the California Penal Code § 262 defines this as rape. In further
sections, it also includes victims who have a developmental delay or physical
disability and are unable to give consent. If intoxication by alcohol
or drugs was involved, the victim is usually considered to be impaired
and unable to legally consent.
If there any sexual intercourse is committed without a victim's consent,
whether through deception or fraudulent representation, the state also
views this as rape. If a legal adult engages in sex with a minor, regardless
if it's consensual, they are usually considered guilty of statutory
rape. Even if there was no violence, intimidation or intoxication involved,
an adult cannot be sexually involved with a minor under state law.
What Are the Penalties for Rape Convictions?
There are a wide range of consequences for rape charges, primarily depending
on the factors involved. Any of the scenarios above could carry varying
penalties. If a minor is involved, depending on their age, it could result
in severe fines, jail time and mandatory sex offender registration. Sentences
range anywhere from three to eight years in prison for general rape charges.
If a child under the age of 14 was the victim, it could result in up to
13 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
These charges often mark a person's record for the rest of their life,
making it very difficult to find housing or future employment. Whether
you have been accused of statutory rape or charged with rape of an intoxicated
adult, our firm is ready to defend your rights. When you work with us,
we will do everything we can to fight your charges and secure a fair ruling.
Don't wait any longer to enlist the services of the Law Office of
Peacock & Le Beau.
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