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Rape, Sexual Assault, Date Rape and Statutory Rape Charges Defense in Kentucky

Unwanted sex acts are generally regarded as rape. However, these criminal offenses are also commonly referred to as “sexual abuse” or “sexual assault.” A wide range of activities may be included under these definitions. Statutory rape, for instance, is sexual activity with a person under the legal age of consent. Date rape is a nonlegal term for forcible sexual activity between people who know one another which occurs during a social engagement. Regardless of the circumstances, there are serious penalties for individuals found guilty of these sex crimes. Prosecutors and the police focus on sexual offenses, so if you or someone you know is accused of or arrested for a sex crime, be proactive and contact William M. Butler Jr. as soon as possible. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney, with over 35 years experience who has skillfully defended thousands of clients and has compiled an impressive record of positive results, please see his Case Results and Testimonials. For immediate assistance, call (502) 237-0871, or contact him via email or text to schedule a confidential assessment of your case.

Rape and Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is often considered forcible rape, but that is only one type of such an assault. Sexual assault in most states includes any type of unwanted physical contact with a sexual organ and may include aggressive, sexually suggestive statements. Sexual assault may also occur between persons of the same gender. The force used and the harm suffered may determine what crime is charged, as well as the penalties upon conviction. Under many states’ laws, the penalties for sexual assault are severe and may include incarceration, significant fines, psychiatric treatment, and paying restitution to the victim. In addition, a person convicted of sexual assault may be required to register as a sex offender, possibly for the rest of his or her life.

In most states, you can be charged with first-degree sexual assault or rape, sometimes called aggravated felonious sexual assault or gross sexual assault, if you physically forced sexual intercourse on another person, had sexual intercourse with someone who was unable to give legal consent, or forced intercourse by threats of retaliation. You must not delay in hiring a knowledgeable attorney to interview prosecution witnesses, show alternative photographic line-ups, protect you during a live line-up and interview possible alibi witnesses.

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Statutory Rape

Statutory rape depends on the ages of the participants. Even if consent is given, the law states that people under the age of consent are legally unable to consent; therefore, the legal effect is the same as if no consent had been given. The age of consent ranges from fourteen to eighteen, sixteen being the most common age. Many states do not actually use the term “statutory rape,” but use terms such as “rape,” “unlawful sexual penetration,” “felonious sexual assault” or “unlawful sexual contact.” Some states also consider the age difference between the two people, as well as their individual ages. State laws may change the age of consent or the penalty for sexual relations involving a person of authority, such as a teacher or a coach. The alleged victim or his or her parents often participate in bringing statutory rape charges, but often the state can bring charges, even against the protest of both the underage person and his or her parents. The punishment for statutory rape can be severe, followed by a stigma that follows the offender for the rest of his or her life.

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The laws regarding sexual assault are complex, the penalties are harsh. Be proactive. If you have been charged with rape, sexual assault, date rape, statutory rape, or another sexual offense contact William M. Butler, Jr. today. 

For immediate assistance, call (502) 237-0871, or contact him via email or text to schedule your initial confidential consultation. For over 35 years, William Butler has skillfully defended thousands of clients, compiling an impressive record of positive results, and he can defend you too. For more information, please see his Case Results and Testimonials.

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.

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