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What Defenses Can be Used Against a Sex Crime?

Dec. 21, 2020

hands pressed against sheetsHave you been accused of sexual assault or rape? If so, you will need to consult a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Even if you have not been formally charged, a lawyer is essential in working to ensure no charges are filed and that you get the best outcome in your case.

Sex Crime Lawyer Greenville, SC

Any unwanted sexual contact which is forced upon a victim is considered sexual assault. This includes a victim who says no or who is incapacitated physically or mentally and is therefore unable to say no.

It is important to note, at this point, that the state law tends to work in favor of the alleged victim in many rape and sexual crime cases. In fact, a victim does not need to actually say “no” in order for consent to be denied and for sexual intercourse or a sex act to qualify as rape. For this reason, a sexual assault or rape case can become complex and proving guilt can become confusing and subjective – open to interpretation, to a degree.

Your lawyer will need to be extremely experienced and skilled in defending sex crime charges if you will have any chance of avoiding a conviction for sexual assault or rape. At Haley Law Firm, LLC, we have the experience and the ability to be effective in court – even in the face of these accusations and charges.

Some defenses we may be able to use include: Consent was actually given; False accusation; Lack of physical evidence; Mistaken identity; No witnesses or unreliable witnesses; Motive of the victim to make a false accusation; The victim’s past behavior.

Sexual assault includes groping, molestation, attempted rape, touching, assault and battery and rape. Rape may be further classified as statutory rape, spousal rape or date rape, depending upon the circumstances. No matter the specific charges you face, any sex crime charge is serious and will carry heavy penalties under our state law.

Your lawyer will need to fight to protect your rights and to help you avoid these penalties, which for a standard rape charge may include: 3, 6 or 8 years in state prison; lifetime sex offender registration; probation; fines; counseling; and a felony conviction on your criminal record.

Our Sex Crime Lawyer Greenville, SC proudly serves individuals throughout the state. We are qualified to help clients accused of or arrested for sexual assault or rape, call us to request a consultation.