Rape is a criminal offense that occurs when someone engages in sexual intercourse with another person without their consent. This can include the use of force, coercion, or when the victim is unable to consent due to mental or physical incapacity.
In California, rape is a felony offense that can result in significant legal consequences if convicted. The severity of the sentence imposed will depend on the specific circumstances of the case.
If convicted of rape in California, the potential sentencing options include:
Imprisonment: Depending on the severity of the offense, a conviction for rape can result in a prison sentence of three to eight years or more. Additionally, if certain aggravating factors exist, the sentence can be even longer.
Probation: In some cases, probation may be an option for those convicted of rape. This may include specific conditions, such as sex offender registration, counseling, and community service.
Fines: A conviction for rape can result in substantial fines, which can be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
At the Law Offices of Steven K Bloom, we understand the severity of the charges you are facing and the potential legal consequences you may be up against. Our experienced criminal defense attorney will work tirelessly to protect your rights and help you understand your legal options.
We will thoroughly investigate your case, analyzing every piece of evidence and identifying any potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. We will also work with experts in the field, such as forensic psychologists, to help us develop a strong defense strategy for your case.
There are several possible defenses that may be used in rape cases, including:
Consent: If it can be proven that the victim consented to the sexual act, this may be used as a defense.
Lack of Evidence: If there is insufficient evidence to prove the crime of rape beyond a reasonable doubt, the charges may be reduced or dismissed.
False Accusations: If the accusations against you are false, we will work to show that the allegations were made for malicious reasons.
If you are facing charges of rape in Orange County, do not wait to seek legal representation. Contact the Law Offices of Steven K Bloom today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced criminal defense attorney. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome for your case.