A Sophisticated Defense Against Charges of Rape
Sex crime charges are among the most serious criminal charges a person can face. Not only can it result in a prison sentence, but it can also mean a lifetime of registering as a sex offender. Sex offender registration will make it difficult to find housing and employment, and a guilty conviction for a sex crime like rape (even date rape) can have a devastating effect on your family and future relationships.
Do NOT leave your defense to someone who has little or no trial experience. It is essential that your attorney understand how to investigate all available evidence and witnesses in order to get to the bottom of the three C's of a sex crime case:
Corroborating evidence — Physical evidence plays a significant role in many rape cases but it's possible to raise questions about how evidence such as semen, saliva or blood was left at the scene. Date rape charges can sometimes be made when sexual activity was actually consensual. Is there further evidence that points to force or coercion? If not, the case may rely exclusively on the victim's testimony — and credibility.
Credibility — It's essential to carefully examine the victim's story for inconsistencies as well as look into any motivating factors that may have led the person to misremember, lie or embellish the facts. However, it's also important to understand how these actions will look to a jury. Raising doubt in the minds of jurors without increasing their unquestioning sympathy is the balancing act your lawyer must perfect in the courtroom.
Pennsylvania Date Rape Attorney
Contact Harrisburg rape charge attorney Jeffrey Engle at the Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, if you face sex crime charges for rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault or date rape in Pennsylvania criminal court. Our firm has successfully handled more than 100 sex crime cases. We are highly experienced in all aspects of sex crime law and procedure, which allows us to work toward the best possible outcome for our client, considering the facts of the case.
Because of the risks of a jury trial in sex crime cases, it may be in your best interest to negotiate a more favorable sentencing option than to risk a conviction before a jury. If we believe that may be the case for you, we will advise you of that. If we feel we have a good chance of achieving a good outcome in court, we will fight it out for you.
If you have been charged with rape or date rape, we want you to know that you do not stand alone. We are here to help you through this difficult time. Contact a Pennsylvania date rape attorney at our Harrisburg or Millersburg law office.