Rape is by far one of the most serious crimes that an individual can be charged within the State of California. Rape is a crime where an individual threatens, coerces, or convinces by fraud another person into having nonconsensual sexual intercourse with himself. If you have been charged with Rape under CPC Section 261, you should immediately contact a Los Angeles Sex Crimes Attorney to represent you and defend you because a conviction could ruin your life. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.
According to the California Legislature:
Rape is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator, under any of the following circumstances:
Note: Although a husband cannot be charged or convicted with raping his wife under California Penal Code Section 261 PC, he can be charged with and convicted of raping his wife under California Penal Code Section 262PC. The elements that the prosecution has to prove to convict an individual of rape under Section 262 PC are very similar to those required to convict an individual of rape under Section 261 PC.
To convict an individual of violating PC 261, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
For the prosecution to convict an individual, any penetration of the vagina or anus by the defendant’s penis suffices to satisfy the definition of sexual intercourse.
For example, if the defendant threatens to hurt his girlfriend or her loved if she does not have sex with him, and proceeds to have sex with him under threat of violence, the defendant may be charged with rape because even if his girlfriend consented, she did so under threat of violence.
Here is a second example. If the defendant went to a bar and proceeded to slip a pill in a woman’s drink in hopes to “loosen her up” so that she would be more likely to sleep with him, the defendant can be charged with rape because he used a sedative to impair the judgment of the woman he had sexual intercourse with.
Here is a third example. If a victim goes to her therapist, and the therapist convinces her that having sex with him will make her feel better and cure her condition, the prosecution can charge and convict the defendant for rape because he used his professional position to fraudulently convince his patient to have sex with him.
A fourth example. If the defendant knew that the victim had a mental disability and proceeds to have sex with her, he can be charged with and convicted of rape is she was unable to consent to have sex with him.
If you have been charged with rape, there are a variety of defenses that your Los Angeles Rape Defense Attorney can make to defend you and keep you from going to prison for a very long time. This list is not exhaustive of all defenses that can be made, but rather some of the defenses that may apply to your case:
If an individual is charged with committing rape, there are a variety of other criminal offenses that the prosecution can charge the defendant with. Here are some criminal offenses related to rape:
If an individual is convicted of rape, the conviction may have negative immigration consequences because California identifies rape as a crime involving moral turpitude, making it grounds for rejecting citizenship to an individual convicted of it, deporting him, or marking him as inadmissible to the United States.
In California, for an individual to have a rape conviction expunged (removed) from his criminal record, he must not have served prison time, which is difficult for those charged with rape. If an individual serves prison time, he will not be able to have a rape conviction removed from his criminal record. However, if convicted of rape and released on probation, there is a chance that the conviction can be removed, so long as the defendant completes the terms of his sentence and stays away from committing more crimes.
If you or a loved one has been charged with rape in Los Angeles or elsewhere in the State of California, you should immediately contact an experienced Los Angeles Rape Defense Attorney to defend you and keep you from going to prison for a very long period of time. Our sex crime attorneys have the knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible results for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at a 1 (213) 370-0404.