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Rape is an especially egregious offense. Rape or sexual assault of any kind if taken seriously by authorities and should not be shrugged off as a minor charge. If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of rape, you should spring into action immediately. Your first call should be to an attorney. It is important to exercise your right to remain silent until you have spoken to counsel. Any hint or indication you give while in custody can be used by the prosecution to convict you of the crime.

The thing about rape is that the person accused of it is forced to live under a cloud of suspicion. In fact, being accused of rape can be one of the worst things to ever happen to a person who is innocent of it. From the very start your reputation will be shredded; people you have known for years will disavow you, cut off relations with you, and act as though you never existed. Rape is such a highly charged and emotional crime that even sane and reasonable people are unable to allow the judicial process to run its course before thinking you are guilty.

That is why you must come out fighting straightaway. You must not only beat back the charge and save yourself from a conviction you must also clear your name and reputation. Working with a Brooklyn rape and sexual assault lawyer will help you do just that.

Penetration of the mouth, vagina, or anus of another by a sexual object without consent is the legal definition of rape. If your conduct does not meet that standard, then you have not committed a crime. The claim and all the trouble that comes with it may be either a deliberate or malicious attempt to destroy you, or it may be the result of a misunderstanding. If you have put yourself in a compromising position, then you might have to go much further than you would like in order to exonerate yourself.

Rape cases are difficult; they can be nasty and brutal. There is a great deal of truth to the cliché that no one wins in a rape trial. Neither the person who says they were victimized nor the person accused is ever quite the same again. You might be able to clear your name and reputation over time. You may be able to rebuild bridges or build new ones with people you know; you may be able to repair relations with your immediate family, but the one thing that you must not allow to happen is a conviction.

The penalties for a rape conviction are quite severe. A first degree rape conviction can see you go to prison for up to 30 years. You can also be forced to pay up to $5,000 in fines. Even when you are released, the torment does not end. You will be placed in a sexual assault data base that will identify you as a rapist no matter where you go. The victim can also sue you for civil damage, which they will probably win given the criminal court conviction. In other words, your life will be over if you are convicted of rape, so you must do what is necessary to prevent that from happening.

Hiring a lawyer will help you put the right strategy together. Police and prosecutors may insist that they have enough evidence for the conviction, but that may not be so. Your lawyer will challenge whatever evidence they do have by carrying out their own examination and evaluation of it. It is also your attorney’s job to discredit the witness. Depending on your relationship with them you may feel uncomfortable about this action, but it is necessary. Your lawyer will be able to call her claims into question and cast doubt on her motives and veracity. Your lawyer will also help you speak in a clear and convincing way to your community, so that when you are finally acquitted the shadow of suspicion hanging over you will be gone.

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