Perhaps no criminal charges carry a greater social stigma than sexually based offenses. A rape charge is a very serious charge. Your reputation, freedom, and future are on the line. Under California Penal Code (PC 261), rape is defined as an act of unconsensual sexual intercourse using force, the threat of force, or fraud.

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At the Law Offices of David Lehr, our Ventura County sex assault defense attorney has the legal knowledge and expertise to handle rape charges. If you or your loved one is facing a rape allegation, it is imperative that you take immediate action. Call our Ventura law office today to set up a free, strictly confidential review and evaluation of your case.

Rape charges fall under California Penal Code 261. Here are some of the key things to know about California PC 261 and your legal rights if you are facing a rape charge in Ventura County:

  • There are four types of nonconensual intercourse that constitute rape: 1) The use of force/duress, 2) Victim has a mental disorder, 3) Victim was highly intoxicated, 4) Victim was unconscious.
  • There are three primary defense to a rape charge: 1) Consent was given, 2) False accuation/mistaken identity, 3) No sexual intercourse occurred.
  • A conviction on a rape charge in California carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.
  • In California, a conviction of rape always mandates lifetime registration as a sex offender.
  • The victim of sexual assault can also file a civil lawsuit against the alleged preparator. Notably, there is a lower ‘burden of proof’ on the plaintiff in a civil case than on a prosecutor in a criminal case.

If you were arrested and charged with rape, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced California sexual assault defense lawyer as soon as possible. Prosecutors take rape allegations very seriously. A defendant is facing a lengthy prison sentence and lifetime registration as a sexual offender. Call our Ventura County law office today to arrange a free, fully confidential review of your case.

There are few things more stressful, intimidating, and all around overwhelming than being accused of rape. You do not have to go up against prosecutors alone. At the Law Offices of David Lehr, our sexual assault defense attorney is prepared to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive case evaluation. We will listen to your story and answer your questions about your rights and legal options.
  • Investigate the matter—gathering, securing, and organizing all relevant evidence that can help to establish your innocence.
  • Devise a personalized legal defense strategy that is focused on fighting false rape charges and ensuring that you are able to get the best outcome in your case.

If you or your loved one was arrested for rape in Southern California, our law firm is prepared to get started on your case immediately. Call our Ventura, CA law office for a confidential initial consultation.

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At the Law Offices of David Lehr, our California sexual assault defense lawyer represents people facing felony rape charges in Ventura County and throughout the surrounding region in Southern California. Contact us today for fully confidential legal assistance. No law firm can guarantee any particular results in case. The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and no attorney-client relationship has been created.

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