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Defending Date Rape Charges

Date rape charges, like any sex crime, can have serious consequences if you are convicted. Date rape charges can be complex, since the accuser is typically someone you know. If you’ve been accused of date rape, there are defenses that you may be able to use. Your lawyer can help you find the best possible defense for your situation.

What is Date Rape?

Date rape is nonconsensual, forced sexual contact between two people who were previously acquainted. The individuals may be dating or may have met at a social event. Date rape can even occur when two individuals have been intimate previously. Date rape specifically requires vaginal intercourse without consent, or consent from a participant who is capable of consent.

Possible Defenses for Date Rape Charges

A successful defense depends on the specifics of your unique situation. Your attorney can review the details of your case and help you mount the best possible defense. There are a number of defenses available.

The Motivation of the Accuser

The accuser may have an ulterior motive, especially if the accuser and the accused were dating. The end of the relationship, a fight, cheating, or rejected affections all may be cause for a date rape accusation. If there is a reason to believe that the accused has a purpose for the accusations, you may be able to argue that the accusations are a form of revenge.

“He Said, She Said”

In order to be convicted, the state must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In sexual assault cases, the evidence is often one person’s word against another. Inconsistencies in the accuser’s story can cast doubt on their accusations, and may be enough to turn the case in your favor.

At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, we are well-versed in the many defenses that can be used to protect your reputation and freedom. Our Milwaukee sex crime defense attorney can help you choose the best strategy, and we will fight tirelessly for you. Reach out to our team, 24/7, for the help you need.

Contact our offices by calling (414) 882-8382 to schedule your free case evaluation.

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