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.
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
- The victim lacked the capacity to consent.
- The victim was asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unaware that sexual intercourse
- 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.
Contact us and request a free consultation.