Date rape is a problem all across the country, especially on college campuses. No person should be forced to engage in unwanted sexual relations against their will. However, rape laws can be abused and are sometimes used for revenge. Sometimes, allegations of rape can be made by an angry party who does not want their relationship to end. Other times, the wrong person might face rape allegations because of a botched police investigation. In this blog, we explain what you should do if you ever find yourself facing rape accusations.
The following are common accusations related to rape:
- Indecent Assault: Is defined as having indecent contact with another person, or causing them to have indecent contact with you for the purpose of sexual arousal without their consent. This also includes forcing a person to come in contact with semen, urine, or feces for the purpose of sexual arousal.
- Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse: Covers penetration of the anus or genitals with a foreign object or through intercourse without the consent. This accusation is considered a first-degree felony.
- Rape: Covers sexual intercourse initiated with the use of threats or force. It also applies to intercourse with a person who could not provide consent because they were either unconscious or impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Speak With a Lawyer as Soon as Possible
A rape conviction carries severe penalties and consequences that can follow you around for the rest of your life. Not only do you face the possibility of time in prison, but you also face the humiliation of registering as sex offender. Furthermore, you can face expulsion from college, even if you are found innocent of the sexual assault allegations.
If you are being accused of date rape, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney. At Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A., our legal team has handled a number of sex crimes cases and we have the experience you need to defend against date rape allegations. Let us put our skills to work for you today.
Call (561) 721-0552, or contact our West Palm Beach team of sex crimes attorneys to learn how we can help with your case.