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Bakersfield Rape Defense Lawyer

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More than any other type of sex crime, rape carries a social stigma that never disappears. Not only will the prosecution seek the harshest penalties possible, but you will already appear guilty in the eyes of your peers and the media. It is important to obtain legal services from an attorney that has experience successfully handling rape cases.

Our Bakersfield criminal defense attorneys at Campbell Whitten can provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare an effective and personalized defense against your charge. We will diligently protect your rights, reputation, and freedom, as well as work hard to get the results you desire.

Rape Laws & Penalties

In California, rape laws criminalize sexual intercourse which happens without the consent of at least one of the participants. This type of sex crime falls under the broader category of sexual assault – which includes crimes that involve unwanted sexual contact.

If a person has sexual intercourse with another individual, the crime of rape may occur under the following circumstances according to California law:

  • The offender used physical force, threats, intimidation, or duress.
  • The victim reacted because of fear of immediate bodily harm or injury to another individual.
  • The victim lacked the capacity to consent.
  • The victim was asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unaware that sexual intercourse is occurring.
  • The offender induced sexual intercourse by making a fraudulent representation.

Rape under California law is considered a felony offense, punishable by a state prison sentence of three, six, or eight years. Furthermore, if the alleged victim sustains great bodily injury, three to five more years will be added to the sentence.

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Remember, a conviction for rape also results in mandatory registration as a sex offender in California. Our Bakersfield criminal defense attorneys will stop at nothing to help you obtain the most favorable resolution to your case.

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