Rape Laws in California

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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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