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In California, rape is a felony offense, which means a conviction could result in several years behind bars. If you've been accused of committing this crime, secure aggressive legal defense as soon as possible. The criminal penalties aren't the only punishments you could face; 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 don't 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 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.
When you're facing serious charges, you need serious defense. For a free consultation, call The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman at (714) 733-1737.
If two people engage in sexual conduct, and one does not "freely and voluntarily" give their consent for the act, under California law, the other individual could be considered to have committed rape.
Specifically, California Penal Code 261 PC, defines rape as sexual intercourse with someone other than a person's spouse in which:
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:
If you've been accused of rape in Orange County, 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 for your unique circumstances.
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