Los Angeles Rape Defense Attorney
Beverly Hills Sex Crimes Lawyer
Under California law rape is generally defined as sexual penetration without
the consent of your partner. The victim does not have to physically resist,
merely failing to consent constitutes the crime of rape. Further, if your
partner is intoxicated to the point that they may not be able to affirmatively
consent you may be charged with the crime of rape. There are several different
types of rape, including
date rape, spousal rape and
statutory rape. Spousal rape is sexual penetration without the consent of your spouse
and statutory rape is sex with a person under 18 years of age, whether
they consented or not. California law provides that any person under 18
cannot, by a matter of law, consent to sexual activity.
Searching for a Lawyer for a Rape Case in Los Angeles?
Being accused of a crime such as rape can leave a person in a terrifying
situation and facing a substantial prison sentence. Even just an unfounded
allegation, not a formal rape charge, may result in a damaged reputation
and other social, familial and employment-related consequences.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney Robert M. Bernstein can help if you have
been accused of, arrested or charged with rape. As a former prosecutor,
Mr. Bernstein has unique experience which allows him to defend your case
aggressively. Many people think that they should wait and see what happens,
however, any delay in building a defense strategy merely strengthens the
prosecutor's case. Do not delay; contact the Law Offices of Robert
M. Bernstein for a free confidential consultation immediately. Located
in Beverly Hills, California, the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein take
defends cases throughout Los Angeles County and the state of California.
Los Angeles County Rape Charges & Penalties
Rape is one of the most serious sex crimes that a person can commit against
another adult. Rape involves the forcing of another to perform a sexual
act or sexual intercourse. This crime may be committed through the use
of threats, violence, force, and threats against another, restraints,
drugs or alcohol. Sexual activity is considered when consent is not given.
Therefore, rape may be charged if an individual is unable to consent,
such as in the case of an unconscious intoxicated person, or someone who
is mentally unaware.
Rape is a serious violent felony sex offense in California and a conviction
may result in 3, 6 or 8 years in state prison, a strike on your record
under the three-strike law and lifetime sex offender registration.
Los Angeles Rape Defense Lawyer Robert M. Bernstein
Law enforcement and prosecutors are often overzealous when dealing with
an individual who has been accused of rape. They often overlook inconsistencies
in the victim's story and the lack of physical evidence. False claims
of rape happen more than law enforcement admits, such false allegations
may result out of the alleged victim's anger, hurt feelings, or for
revenge purposes. As such, it is of the utmost importance that you work
with an experienced, qualified Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney
if you are facing criminal charges involving rape.
Los Angeles rape defense lawyer Robert Bernstein aggressively defends his
clients’ rights and works to have charges lessened, or if possible
dropped completely. Attorney Bernstein has achieved numerous exceptional
results for his clients facing these serious charges.