Rape and Sexual Assaults

Rape is an unclassified felon that is punishable by not less than 5 years up to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. The minimum penalty can be increased under certain circumstances depending on the circumstances of the victim. Other sexual assaults have various penalty ranges depending on the exact charge.

These charges are among the most difficult to prosecute and to defend. Most cases involve medical evidence that requires the use of experts and an attorney who can interpret the medical findings and collaborate with a medical expert. Direct and cross examination of both expert and fact witnesses in these cases is crucial. There are usually no eye witnesses to this type of crime and credibility becomes an important factor.

Because of the nature of the evidence and many times the lack of eye witnesses this charge often presents several opportunities for defense. It is recommended that you consult with an attorney to determine any defenses or mitigating factors that might apply to your case.

In addition there is another factor that must be taken into consideration which can have lifelong consequences for the client. If convicted of most sexual assaults charges there is a requirement that you must register for the sex offenders registry. This is a life time requirement and can have a significant impact on your future.