The State of Ohio defines sexual assault – or sexual battery – as occurring when the victim is impaired; unaware the act is being committed; is coerced; a minor; or an inmate. In addition, people in positions of authority such as peace officers, teachers, parents, mental health professionals, or clerics bear an extra burden of responsibility toward those under their charge and may be charged with sexual assault if they engage in a sexual relationship – consensual or not – with one under their charge.
Sexual battery can include unwanted sexual conduct or touching. In the extreme, sexual assault becomes rape.
Sexual battery and rape are prosecuted as felonies. A rape conviction can do substantial damage to you and your future. First, you must be aware that court proceedings are a matter of public record. Being convicted of rape has the potential to affect your relationships on a number of levels. The conviction could impact your education, job, current or future relationships, and any number of facets of your life. Employers will scrutinize any type of conviction, but especially a conviction with the stigma of rape attached to it. In some professions, a conviction will also impact your ability to be licensed. A rape conviction will also follow you to all future employment. In short, a rape conviction could do lifelong damage to your record.
That being said, it is important to mount a vigorous defense to such charges. With that in mind it is important to be sure you do everything you can to defend yourself against these charges. You need to focus on helping your legal team understand the circumstances surrounding the incident you are accused of, if at all possible. Providing an understanding of the circumstances to your attorney will help your attorney formulate a strategy to defend you against these serious charges.
There are several defense strategies against rape and sexual battery charges. First, there is the defense that someone else committed the crime. Another possible defense, provided both are of legal, consenting age (over 16) is that the act was consensual.
Penalties for rape can include significant prison time and fines.
Do You Need an Ohio Rape Defense Lawyer?
These crimes carry a social stigma that may destroy your life and livelihood. Sex offender registration is lifelong and publicly accessible. If you’re facing a sex crimes charges in Ohio, you need an experienced attorney who will review your case and create a strategy to either win the case or mitigate the potential damage to your record. The skilled, trusted legal representation at Probst Law Office offers the help you need to be sure you have the best representation possible in fighting sex crimes charges. Get the experience that you need and deserve when you hire Michael Probst as your attorney. Contact Michael today for your free consultation, or call now at 614-349-4349.