Rape is an extremely complex and often difficult crime to defend. Often times there is no physical evidence so allegations are contingent upon the testimony of the victim. In many rape allegation cases, the victim’s memory was impaired by the use of drugs and/or alcohol. The uncertainty that is caused by intoxication leads to the victim feeling violated and guilty. Many accusations stem from the victim’s shame and guilt.
In Indiana, rape can be committed several different ways. According to Indiana Code 35-42-4-1, rape is knowingly or intentionally having sexual intercourse with another person or knowingly or intentionally causing another person to perform or submit to other sexual conduct when:
Criminal penalties for rape allegations vary based on the violence, threat of force, weapons used, other aggravating factors, and the age of the victim. Aggravating factors increase penalties because of the serious and malicious nature involved.
Indiana’s age of consent is 16 years old. Indiana also has a Romeo and Juliet Law that permits 14 and 15 year olds to engage in non-forced sexual activity with peers who are no more than 4 years older.
The basis of all rape cases always comes down to consent. Did the person being accused give consent? Did the victim give consent then later regret it? Was the victim in a good mental state so that he or she could give consent? There are many favors that must be determined before a conviction is made. If the prosecution can convince a jury that consent was never given, then a conviction is almost guaranteed.
If you have been accused of rape in Indianapolis, do not wait to hire an experienced attorney who can provide a clear situation when facts are often foggy and unclear. You need to act fast so that you are not forever branded as a rapist and have your reputation crushed.
All clients are presumed innocent until proven guilty. At Patel Defense, we are committed to providing our clients with strong support and aggressive defense with their rape cases.
Our firm is experienced and knowledgeable with Indiana rape laws so that we can provide the best defense for our clients. Too often, the media and public will state their verdict in such cases before a fair trial has ever taken place. Patel Defense will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the best defense with your rape allegations.
If you are located in the Indianapolis area and have been charged with rape, protect yourself by contacting Patel Defense now.
We can answer questions about Indiana laws and how your rights can be protected. We provide free case evaluations so that we can help in the best way possible.