Orange County Rape Attorney
Irvine & Laguna Hills Criminal Lawyer for Rape Charges
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged for rape in Orange
County, it is important that you have a qualified criminal defense attorney
handling your defense. Rape is a very serious charge which can have life-changing
consequences well into the future. It is highly recommended that you contact
the Irvine rape lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald as
soon as possible for a free, initial consultation about your case. Mr.
McDonald has been practicing law since 1990 and is a former Riverside
County prosecutor. He knows how the prosecution will proceed with its
case against you and can use his extensive experience on both sides of
courtroom to create an effective defense on your behalf.
Rape Charges and Consequences
California Penal Code 261 describes rape as nonconsensual intercourse using
force, violence, duress, menace, fear of bodily harm to oneself or another,
fear of retaliation, or fraud. Included in the category of rape are related
crimes such as spousal rape, date rape, and statutory rape. Rape is classified
as a felony and carries severe penalties, including 3, 6, or 8 years of
imprisonment, an additional 3 to 5 years imprisonment if it was accompanied
by substantial injuries to the victim, fines up to $10,000, mandatory
registration as a sex offender, and a possible "strike" on your
criminal record. Aside from these serious penalties, the mere accusation
of rape can compromise your personal and professional life, casting doubt
on your reputation before you are even formally charged or convicted.
It is important in any rape investigation or charges that you seek capable
legal help before you are interviewed by law enforcement. In some cases,
the Laguna Hills rape attorney at the firm can investigate accusations
of rape and disprove them before formal charges are filed against you.
False accusations made out of jealousy, anger, or revenge are often the
situation in rape cases as are cases of insufficient evidence.
Contact the Orange County rape lawyer
at the firm if you have been accused of or charged with rape in Irvine
or Laguna Hills. Your initial consultation is free.