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Dependable Columbus Attorneys Are Your Defense Against Rape Allegations

Sound legal representation for complex and serious charges

Rape allegations are among the most serious charges. Successfully defending a rape charge requires both knowledge and dedication on the part of your attorney. The lawyers at Yavitch & Palmer act quickly to ensure that your rights are protected and that your version of the events is heard.

Understanding the definition of rape

Rape is a sex crime in which the accused must have:

  • Used force or a threat of force to engage in sexual misconduct with another person.  The perceived threat of force is enough to warrant a rape charge.
  • Engaged in sexual activity with an individual too impaired to make rational decisions. If the accused administered drugs or intoxicants to the victim that impaired that person’s judgment or control, this could be cause for a potential rape charge. Engaging in such behaviors with a person who is too old and who lacks the mental or physical capacity to resist or make decisions, may also lead to a rape charge.
  • Engaged in a sexual encounter with a minor under the age of 13.

Statutory rape

Officially referred to as “unlawful sexual conduct with a minor,” this is the charge for sexual conduct with a partner under the age of consent – 16 in the state of Ohio. However, if the adult is a teacher, coach, administrator or other public school employee, the age of consent ups to 18. Penalties can range as high as five years in prison or more, depending on an offender’s criminal history.

A conviction for any sexual offense can result in time in prison and being forced to register as a sex offender.

Schedule a meeting if you’ve been accused of rape in the Greater Columbus area

The attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer concentrate on complex cases, including rape charges, to provide strong, effective defense and to prevent further disruption to your life and damage to your reputation. Call our office in Downtown Columbus at 614-224-6142 or fill out our online form to set up an appointment. When an accusation of rape is involved, there’s no time to lose. Reach out to us for help.

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