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Defense Against Charges of Rape in Ohio

If you have been charged with rape in Cincinnati, keep in mind that you have rights under the Fifth Amendment that should be exercised to protect your rights. You have the right to remain silent, even if you are contacted by an investigation team that is trying to get you to incriminate yourself.

If you've been accused of rape, schedule a free case evaluation with our Cincinnati rape defense lawyers at Bleile & Dawson today!

Understanding Rape Charges in Ohio

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.02, a person can be charged with rape if they allegedly engage in sexual conduct against the will of another person using force or threat of force.

Convictions of rape can result in serious punishments, including:

  • Incarceration
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Hefty fines
  • Possible life imprisonment

Allegations of rape are based on the testimony of the supposed victim, rather than substantial evidence. You will, therefore, need a strong legal guide by your side to aggressively defend your case. At Bleile & Dawson, we can fight for your rights and develop a strong case strategy in pursuit of a reduction or dismissal of the rape charges lodged against you.

What is the Sentence for Statutory Rape in Ohio?

The sentence you can receive for statutory rape in Ohio largely depends on the circumstances surrounding the case and the age of the victim and defendant.

Possible penalties for statutory rape include:

  • Rape: first degree felony if committed with a minor younger than 13 and punishable by up to a $20,000 fine and three years up to life in prison
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor: sexual conduct between a minor who is between 13 and 15 years old and a defendant who is 18 or older and punishable by a $1,000 to $10,000 fine and six months in jail up to five years in prison depending on the circumstances
  • Gross sexual imposition: third degree felony including sexual contact with a minor younger than 13 and punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and one to five years in prison

What is the Romeo and Juliet law in Ohio?

In Ohio, there is an exception that allows for lesser penalties for adults that have consensual sex with minors who are at least 13 years old and younger than 18, but close to their own age. For example, if the victim is between the age of 13 and 16 and the defendant is 18 or older and less than four years older than the victim they may fall under Romeo and Juliet law. A conviction in this circumstance could still result in penalties such as jail time and/or fines.

Contact Our Cincinnati Rape Defense Attorney

Our firm's Cincinnati rape defense lawyers have more than 20 years of combined experience fighting against sex crime charges. We have an extensive track record of success defending our clients who are accused of various sex crime charges. By taking proactive measures to defend your case, you can resolve the legal matter with as few negative consequences as possible. Do not hesitate to contact us at once!

Facing charges for rape? Pick up the phone and dial (513) 399-5945. We can answer your questions and help you build a strong defense.

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