Rape Defense Lawyer in Riverside

Sex Crime Attorney Serving Temecula & Riverside

If you've been charged with rape in California, it can have a detrimental effect on almost every aspect of your life, including relationships, employment opportunities, and living situations. Without someone on your side, fighting such charges can be an isolating experience.

As a Riverside sex crime lawyer, Attorney Grande knows that nothing is more important than preserving your innocence and can use his experience to work toward that. His extensive knowledge of California's legal system can benefit your case, but it is important to contact him as soon as possible.

Definition of Rape in California

Rape is a form of sexual assault. The law criminalizes sexual intercourse that occurs when at least one of the individuals involved does not consent. While this is a broad definition the California Penal Code lists the following scenarios that could be considered rape:

  • The victim lacked the capacity to give consent due to intoxication or physical or mental disability.
  • Sexual intercourse occurred by means of physical force, intimidation, duress of threats of harm.
  • Intercourse occurred while the victim was unconscious or asleep.
  • The defendant persuaded sexual intercourse by means of fraudulent representation.

Types of Rape Charges

Under California law, there are three main types of rape charges you could be convicted of:

Date Rape – Date Rape can be defined as non-consensual sexual activity between you and an acquaintance or friend.

Spousal Rape The law defines spousal rape as nonconsensual intercourse that occurs between you and your spouse without their given consent.

Statutory Rape – Sexual intercourse between an adult 18 years of age or older and an individual under the age of 18. California law considers sexual intercourse with an individual under the age of 18 rape, even if that person gave consent. Individuals under 18 cannot give consent.

Possible Penalties for a Rape Conviction

Rape occurs when someone forces a victim to have sex against the victim's will. Statutory rape occurs when an individual who is 18 years of age or older has sex with someone younger than 18 years old. Even if the act was consensual, the adult can still be charged with rape.

Rape charges vary based on circumstances and the age of the victim. The most common penalties include:

  • Fines: Up to $70 paid to the victim or up to $1,000 paid to a women's shelter
  • Incarceration: A minimum of three years
  • Probation: Mandatory meetings with a probation officer and may be required to fulfill additional duties

A rape conviction can also require the defendant to register as a sex offender. One of the most used defenses for a rape charge is to claim that the act was consensual. If this can be proved, then the court may be unable to convict the defendant.

Your future is on the line!

While fighting a rape charge is difficult, it is by no means impossible and Attorney Grande knows this first hand. He has successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout Southern California and would be honored to represent you, as well.

Speak to our Riverside rape attorney about your case today. Call to schedule a free consultation. (951) 221-4331

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