Information on Rape Charges
Being charged with rape is one of the most serious types of violent crimes. A rape trial can destroy your reputation, and if you are convicted, can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, in some cases, up to 25 years. When facing rape charges, it is essential to have the best legal representation you can find. A New York City criminal defense attorney can help you through your rape charges, and fight for your innocence and freedom.
The severity of a rape charge will depend on certain factors. The age of the victim, the age of the alleged perpetrator, and the circumstances surrounding the incident will be considered when classifying a rape.
The following are the three classifications of rape:
- First Degree: Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
- Second Degree: Class D felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison.
- Third Degree: Class F felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison.
Along with the age of the victim and the alleged perpetrator, factors surrounding the issue of consent will be taken into consideration. For example, if a victim was unable to give consent due to mental impairment, even if both parties were of an age to classify the rape as a lower level, it will be bumped up to a higher charge.
Arrested for alleged rape?
When facing sex crime charges such as rape,
Internet sex crimes, or other sex offenses, an experienced criminal defense attorney from Perez and Cedeño, P.C. will provide you with the top quality, aggressive defense counsel. We have years of experience defending against sex crime cases, and our experience and knowledge may be able to help you avoid conviction on rape charges.
Sex offender registration can cost you your career, reputation and family, and is almost always a requirement after a rape conviction. Don't let this happen to you; contact an attorney from our firm as soon as possible.