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Orange County Rape Lawyer

Orange County Rape Attorney

Comprehensive Rape Defense Representation in Orange County and the Surrounding Areas

In California, rape is a felony offense, which means a conviction could result in several years behind bars. If you have been accused of committing this crime, secure aggressive legal defense as soon as possible. Criminal penalties are not the only punishments you could face, as there are also various collateral consequences. For instance, after you have served your time, you may have difficulties getting a job, finding housing, or even qualifying for government benefits, making it challenging to readjust to society. Additionally, some rape convictions result in a sex offender registration requirement, which can ruin your reputation and severely limit where you can live and work.

Know that if you've been accused of rape, you do not have to face the criminal justice process alone. At The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman, Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is here to provide the aggressive defense you need to fight charges. Backed by extensive legal experience, she is a skilled Orange County rape lawyer who knows what it takes to develop an effective defense strategy and identify weaknesses in the prosecutor's case. She will leverage her knowledge, skills, and resources to work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.

HOW IS RAPE DEFINED IN CALIFORNIA?

If two people engage in sexual conduct and one does not "freely and voluntarily" give their consent for the act, the other individual could be considered to have committed rape under California law. This legal definition means that the act of rape does not necessarily involve the use of physical force.

Specifically, California Penal Code 261 PC defines rape as sexual intercourse with someone other than a person’s spouse in which:

  • The alleged victim could not give consent (because of a mental disorder or developmental disability)
  • The alleged perpetrator used force, violence, duress, or threatened to cause serious bodily injury
  • The alleged victim was intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance
  • The alleged victim was unconscious during the act
  • The alleged perpetrator used false pretenses to further the act
  • The alleged perpetrator threatened retaliation against the alleged victim or another person
  • The alleged perpetrator threatened incarceration, arrest, or deportation

When you are facing serious charges, you need a serious defense. For a free initial consultation, call (714) 266-3945 or contact the firm online.

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Criminal cases are often complicated. There are two sides to every story, and it is important that the court sees the situation clearly. We can help defend you in your criminal case and make sure your perspective is heard.

HOW IS RAPE PENALIZED IN CALIFORNIA?

In California, allegations of rape are taken very seriously, and the prosecutor will work hard to land a conviction. If they prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offense, that individual could face serious consequences.

The penalties for a rape conviction include:

  • 3, 6, or 8 years in prison
  • 7, 9, or 11 years in prison if the alleged victim was 14 years of age or older
  • 9, 11, or 13 years in prison if the alleged victim was under 14 years of age
  • Mandatory registration as a sex offender for life

An Orange County rape attorney can help you avoid these and other consequences by mounting a compelling defense. Get in touch with The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman as soon as you have been accused or learn you are under investigation for rape. 

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CHALLENGING THE ACCUSATIONS MADE AGAINST YOU

If you have been accused of rape, Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is ready to take the time to listen to your side of the story. Upon learning the facts of the case, she will begin developing a legal strategy tailored to your unique circumstances.

When you need personalized legal representation, turn to The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman. Fill out an online contact form or call (714) 266-3945 to get started.

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  • National Chair of Decarceration

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If you’re facing criminal charges in Orange County, Los Angeles, or throughout California, Call (714) 266-3945; For After-Hours, You Will Be Redirected To Her Cellphone

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