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Rochester Lawyer Defending Date Rape Accusations

Sex Crimes Attorney Serving Rochester – (585) 286-5124

The dating community of New York State need to be particularly mindful of consent when engaging in sexual activities as the number of date rape accusations continue to increase over time.

Rape is the legal definition for using force or coercion to have sexual intercourse with another person, and ‘date rape’ is the unofficial term for when rape occurs between two romantically involved people or two acquaintances. Official definition or not, it is a serious sexual crime that carries heavy consequences.

Rape charges come in various degrees but at its lowest level, it can include the following penalties:

If you have been accused of date rape, you need to act quickly to defend your reputation and your freedom.

Contact King Law today and speak to the firm’s Rochester criminal defense lawyer during a free consultation to better understand your legal rights.

Date Rape Information and Defenses

The United States Department of Justice has estimated in the past that at least one out of every two instances of reported rape in the country happens on a date. There is also a common belief that “date rape drugs” like rohypnol slipped into beverages is used in most date rape scenarios.

The reality is that there is little evidence to support the widespread use of these substances, and that typical intoxication due to alcohol may have been to blame for a lack of awareness.

Defenses to date rape accusations include:

  1. Misunderstanding: In the heat of the moment, one person may view promiscuous behavior as an invitation to consensual sexual activities while the other thought they were only being flirtatious. Misunderstandings with no criminal intent behind the actions may be the root of numerous date rape allegations.
  2. Chemical testing: If someone has accused you of using a drug to render them unconscious or unable to control themselves, chemical testing may be used to determine if any such substance exists in their system. If the results are negative, the prosecution may have little to go on.
  3. Falsified claims: Some Federal Bureau of Investigation reports claim that around 8% of all rape accusations are false but other groups found the number to be as low as 2% or as high as 40%. Whatever the number may actually be, the option of exaggerations or false statements must always be present in court, and the defendant must always be viewed as innocent until verifiably proven to be guilty of the charges.

Your Reputation May Already Be Damaged

Being accused of date rape can immediately harm your reputation in your community, school, and workplace. You have to act fast and retain a reliable criminal defense lawyer who is ready to take on your case and its challenges, no matter how numerous or severe they might be. Rochester Sex Crimes Attorney Robert King is one such legal advocate. When you come to our law firm, you know that the scales of the law will once again be rebalanced, and that we will be doing everything in our power to keep your reputation intact.

Dial (585) 286-5124 today to speak with a law firm that keeps your best interests and future in focus.

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