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Rape Laws in California – Penal Code 261


Over the past 25 years, I have successfully defended and negotiated many rape-related offenses.  When you talk about the type of defenses to rape charges, the first place you should start is with the facts of the particular allegations themselves.

One of the ripe areas I typically see in rape cases is the alleged victim and whether they have an ax to grind against the defendant.  It could be that they are a jilted lover or did something consensual, but later their boyfriend or husband found out about it.

Now they have to cover their tracks by claiming rape, and I have also seen someone get very intoxicated, and when they wake up, they try and claim rape when they do not even remember all of the details of what happened.

I have learned that when it comes to rape charges in Los Angeles, everything is usually not what meets the eyes, and the truth can lie somewhere in the middle or even be manipulated by the alleged victim for their purposes.

For example, when there is a divorce case or a child custody issue, I see fake charges being trumped up all the time to try and get the other party at a disadvantage and win what the person wants.

It is always amazing that people will make up such serious charges so they can win money or punish the other person for some perceived wrong.  This is where the best sex crime defense attorney must do everything to protect the innocent.

Fortunately, the police investigating sex crimes and rape charges, in particular, know that some alleged victims are evil and will make up charges to suit their purposes and take advantage of the other side.

You must have an attorney working on your rape case who has had success and knows how to deal with the authorities who investigate these cases and investigate these cases and also the alleged victims on cross-examination to make sure the truth comes out. You are vindicated if that is what should happen.

Rape or sexual assault is a grave crime to be charged with and has life-changing consequences such as lengthy prison sentences, lifetime sex offender registration as required by PC 290, loss of job, loss of relationships, and harm to your reputation.  With all of these stakes on the line, your attorney must be the best if you want to achieve the best results.

How to Fight Rape or Sexual Assault Allegations

Sexual Assault is considered any unwanted sexual contact forced upon a victim. Sexual assault includes groping, molesting, touching, attempted rape, assault and battery, and rape.

Rape is defined by Penal Code 261 PC as sexual penetration without consent. Rape is classified into different categories.

Forced rape, a felony, is when the act of sexual intercourse is done against a person's will where the victim was unable to give legal consent due to a physical or mental impairment, intoxication, drug influence; force, threat, or fear of immediate bodily injury was used; the victim was unconscious of the act or tricked into the action; or the victim or another person was threatened to be deported, incarcerated, or arrested if the victim did not consent to the intercourse and the victim reasonably believed that the suspect was some public official.

One might think that you can not rape your spouse, but there is a crime referred to as spousal rape in California. Penal Code 262 PC defines marital rape as a felony wherein one spouse rapes the other spouse using force, violence, threats, or fear of immediate injury. Spousal rape also occurs when the other spouse gives no consent due to the influence of alcohol or drugs or the spouse was unconscious at the time.

Statutory rape is governed by California Penal code section 261.5 and is defined as having sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age, and in this case, consent is irrelevant. No ejaculation is necessary, just penetration, no matter how slight.

The crime of statutory rape is charged as a misdemeanor if the age difference is three years or less. If the age difference is more significant than three years, the crime may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The difference between statutory rape and the other rape categories is that a conviction of statutory rape does not require lifetime sex offender registration but may result in jail time of up to 3 years.

The fourth rape category is rape in concert and is defined as the crime of voluntarily aiding and assisting another person to commit rape.

Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles

The consequences of sexual assault crimes include penalties such as jail or prison, fines, lifetime sex offender registration required by California Penal code section 290, probation, community service, counseling. Whether the crime will be charged as a misdemeanor or felony is within the prosecutor's discretion. As Defense Attorneys, we will try to minimize the charges as much as possible.

Some of the defenses we may use on your behalf are consent, mistaken identity, lack of credibility. As your advocate, we will thoroughly investigate your charges and build a solid and persuasive defense when you hire us. Call us, and we will discuss everything further in detail during your free face-to-face consultation.

August 2015 – Not Guilty Verdict in Attempted Rape Case

Los Angeles Downtown Criminal Courthouse – My client was charged with attempted rape and faced 20 years in prison. Following a two-week jury trial, he was found not guilty and released shortly after. He was alleged to have tried to rape his brother's girlfriend. However, once all the evidence was brought to light, it was clear that the alleged victim had stolen money from my client, and when he confronted her and threatened to call the police on her, she cried rape. Unfortunately, there is such a stigma associated with rape that even innocent people have to hire an attorney to defend themselves. Fortunately for my client, we convinced the jury of his innocence!


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