Portage Michigan Sexual Rape Defense Lawyer
Rape is one of the most serious charges the state can bring against you. It is a charge against you as a person as well as your reputation. When someone asserts that you are a rapist, any subsequent denial often falls on deaf ears.
At the law firm of Peter A. D' Angelo, PLC, we are not here to judge you. We are here to help you and protect your rights. From our office in Portage, our lawyers defend people charged with rape in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and other communities throughout Western Michigan. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
What Is Criminal Sexual Conduct?
In Michigan, the actual charge in a rape case is criminal sexual conduct (CSC). The degree of the charge and the potential prison sentence will depend on a number of factors, such as the age of the alleged victim, the allegations and the discretion of the prosecutor. A rape conviction can subject a person to registration as a sex offender.
If you are accused of rape, it is absolutely essential for your lawyer to review the evidence against you before you answer any questions or make any statements to police. When police contact you, they may not have enough evidence to charge you with a crime. By talking to police, however, you may inadvertently end up providing the state the evidence it needs to build a case against you.
Once our lawyers have analyzed the state's evidence, we can determine the best approach to counteract it. As former prosecutors, we understand how the state builds it's case against you. We also know how to effectively seek to dismantle that case.
What Is Statutory Rape?
In Michigan, statutory rape is having sex with someone under the age of 16. Even a juvenile can be charged with statutory rape for having sex with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
The fact that the sex was consensual is not a defense against statutory rape charges. Neither is lack of knowledge of the alleged victim's age.
Free Rape Charge Consultation
Before you talk to police or anyone else, call 269-488-0089 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation with our Kalamazoo rape charge lawyers. We are available 24/7. Jail visits are available.