Like other sex crimes, being charged with rape in any form comes with devastating consequences. Convicted rapists often face registration as a sex offender, long term prison time and some form of restrictive probation. A simple accusation can change the life of the accused forever, even if the charges are later reduced or dismissed. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys know the level of devastating damage that a malicious and false rape accusation can bring to light.
There are three main types of rape that charges are brought against an individual for perpetrating. These are:
- Forcible rape
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
These types are not exclusive. Date rape, for example, may also be forcible rape or statutory rape.
Forcible rape occurs when there is force or the threat of force used against another person in order to have sexual intercourse. Most often the victim does not know their attacker, and drugs or alcohol may or may not be a factor. The attacker usually has a general knowledge of who the victim is and may have planned the attack.
Forcible rape is a crime of violence as well as a sexual crime, so consequences are often extremely serious.
Rape in any form is defined as sexual intercourse of a non-consensual nature that is committed using violence, the threat of violence, or manipulation. When the type of rape under question is date rape, the victim most often knows the attacker. But, the victim has not consented to sexual intercourse with the attacker. Alcohol and drugs are often involved in date rape and it is every bit as violent and demeaning as any other form of rape.
Statutory rape is defined as consensual sexual relations between a person who is considered to be of legal consenting age and another who is not legally old enough to consent to sexual intercourse.
Whether you have been charged with forcible, date or statutory rape, you must contact an experienced and successful law firm to aid in your defense. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense lawyers possess exceptional skill and extensive experience in successfully aiding accused individuals in fighting charges of rape. Our professionals may be able to help you in achieving a reduction or dismissal of your charges. If you have been charged with any form of rape, please call or email The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys today.