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Rape Offenses

Attorneys Defending People Accused of Rape Offenses in Fairfax

Supreme Court Case Books In Fairfax, the attorneys of Crowley Peritz offer dedicated services for rape offenses. Rape is generally considered one of the most egregious crimes a person can commit, and convictions for rape offenses can permanently impair people’s rights and reputations. Merely because the State charges an individual with a rape crime does not mean it will be able to obtain a conviction, though, as, in many instances, there are one or more viable defenses a person can offer to avoid a guilty verdict. As such, it is critical for anyone faced with rape accusations to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The assertive Fairfax rape offense lawyers of Crowley Peritz Law are adept at helping people charged with crimes fight to protect their rights, and if you are accused of a rape offense, we can advise you of your options for seeking the best legal result possible under the facts of your case. We have an office in Fairfax, and we regularly defend people charged with crimes throughout Northern Virginia.

Rape Offenses Under Virginia Law

Under Virginia law, multiple acts constitute rape. Specifically, the act of using threats, intimidation, or force to compel someone to have sexual intercourse against their will with you or any other individual constitutes rape. Notably, a person can be charged with a rape crime regardless of whether the victim is their spouse. It is also considered rape to have sexual intercourse with a mentally incapacitated or physically helpless person, or a child under the age of thirteen, or to force that individual to have sex with someone else.

Penalties for Convictions for Rape Offenses

Convictions for rape offenses result in sentences of a minimum of five years imprisonment. Further, in cases in which the victim is under the age of thirteen, the defendant is more than three years older than the victim, and the rape is part of the same course of conduct or part of a common plan or scheme as the crimes of kidnapping, abduction, burglary, or other enumerated acts, a rape conviction will carry a minimum penalty of twenty-five years imprisonment. In cases in which the victim is under thirteen, and the defendant is eighteen or older, a guilty verdict comes with a mandatory life sentence.

Possible Defenses to Rape Offenses

What defenses, if any, a defendant charged with rape can assert will depend on the facts of the case, but some defenses are more commonly available than others. For example, a defendant may be able to argue that the sexual intercourse in question was consensual, and therefore, no crime occurred. As there are often no witnesses to rape offenses, whether a jury returns a guilty verdict in such a case will depend on whether it finds the defendant’s or victim’s accounts to be more believable. It is important to note, however, that consent is not a defense in cases in which the victim is a minor or otherwise lacks the ability to consent.

A defendant may also be able to argue that the errors during the process of investigating or arresting the defendant rendered certain evidence inadmissible. For instance, if the police failed to advise the defendant of their Miranda rights prior to questioning or arresting them, it may be considered a violation of the defendant’s Fifth Amendment rights. As such, any incriminating statements made or evidence obtained prior to a Miranda warning may be deemed inadmissible at trial.

Speak to a Knowledgeable Fairfax Rape Offense Attorney

Convictions for rape offenses typically cause irreparable harm to a person’s rights, relationships, reputation, and career prospects. It is essential, therefore, for anyone accused of a rape crime to consult an attorney regarding their options for seeking a favorable outcome. If you are charged with a rape crime, the knowledgeable attorneys of Crowley Peritz Law can assess the facts of your case and gather the evidence needed to provide you with a strong chance of a successful legal result. You can reach us to set up a confidential meeting by calling us at (703) 337-3773 or using our online form.

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"My interaction with Crowley Peritz Law was as frictionless as possible. Seth Peritz is a fast communicator and gets the job done right. If you are looking for the best defense possible, I would recommend giving them a call!” George Espinoza
"After consulting several law firms I chose the one I felt most comfortable with and was very pleased with the results. Mr. Crowley was excellent in listening to my needs and achieving the results. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.” Josh Perkins
"I was very pleased with my experience at this law firm and with hiring Matthew Crowley. I appreciated his professionalism and quickness in responses via email or text or phone call. He was extremely sympathetic, comforting, and reassuring throughout the whole process. He is definitely an experienced attorney and it showed. I'll note that I contacted his firm on the weekend and he was the first person to contact me back within the hour. I would recommend him a hundred times over.” Kimberly Kheang
"Mr. Crowley is a very experienced attorney. He is also very thorough with his work and is excellent. I highly recommend his legal counsel.” Marwan
"I don't even know where to start. Mr. Crowley is by far the most professional lawyer I've worked with. He kept in touch with me every step of the way and thanks to his due diligence and perseverance he was able to get all my charges dropped! I am beyond happy and satisfied with his services and I will recommend him to any and everyone in need of a lawyer. Thank you again Mr. Crowley!” Gobenade