If You Have Been Charged with Rape Then It is Imperative To Act Fast in Securing an Attorney
In today’s environment, simply being accused of rape can be enough to ruin a person’s life. Too often, a person who is accused will assume that hiring a criminal defense attorney will make them look guilty. They will wait much too long to contact us and their case will be all the more difficult for it. While it is never too late to contact an attorney if you are facing rape allegations, it also never too early.
Read on to learn about the importance of acting on these allegations quickly, and then learn about some of the defense options that may be available to you. If you are in need of a free legal consultation, contact The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 for your free legal consultation.
We May Be Able to Act Before Charges are Filed
In the event that you have been accused of but not arrested for rape, we may be able to work with the District Attorney and discredit the allegations before any formal charges are filed. This can help protect your reputation and your future options. You do not want an arrest on your record if you can help it.
The Prosecution Must Prove Three Elements and We Will Attack Them All
Of course, the best way to defend you against any type of violent crime will vary based on the specific facts of the case. However, for rape cases, the prosecution ahs to prove three different elements. If we can find a way to discredit just one of them, then we have discredited their entire case.
The defense must be able first to prove that you engaged in sexual intercourse with the alleged victim. If they cannot prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, then they do not have a valid case. Second, they must prove that you knew that the alleged victim did not give positive consent. This means that if we can show that you had a valid reason to believe they were consenting, then the prosecution has not proven their case.
Finally, the prosecution must prove that you accomplished the sex act by using fear, fraud, physical force, violence, duress, or menace. Once again, we only have to disprove one of these elements in order to have disproved the charge. This could lead to the charges being dropped or to the charges being reduced.
Call Now for a Free Legal Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are ready to fight back against the allegations being made against you then we urge you to contact The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 for a free initial consultation. We are standing by and ready to fight by your side.