Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorneys Defend Those Accused of Rape
Protecting you from society’s condemnation
Rape is a serious offense. Due to the public’s abhorrence of sexual assault crimes, those accused of the crime suffer from the stigma associated with it. Unfortunately, society often fails to differentiate between those convicted of rape and those accused of the crime. If you’ve been accused of, or charged with rape, consider legal help today. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys put their more than 40 years of combined experience to work for you
Tennessee rape laws
Tennessee defines rape as the defendant’s “unlawful sexual penetration of a victim” accompanied any of the following conduct:
- Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act;
- The sexual penetration is accomplished without the consent of the victim and the defendant knows or has reason to know at the time of the penetration that the victim did not consent;
- The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless; or
- The sexual penetration is accomplished by fraud.
The sentence for a first-time conviction of rape is a prison term of 8 to 30 years and a fine of up to $25,000.
Defending rape allegations requires skill and legal savvy
We examine the facts and circumstances surrounding your alleged misconduct. Our hardworking Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyers create a strong defense strategy based on this examination. Many defenses exist for sexual assault, including:
- Mistaken identity: If rape occurred, it’s possible that the victim mistakenly identified you as the attacker. This is especially true if the assault occurred in a crowded area or the victim was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at the time.
- Consent: If a person consents to sexual activity, then generally there is no rape. Many factors influence whether a person gives consent or not. For example, was consent given and then the accuser changed his/her mind later? Did the accuser agree to sexual intercourse, but unknown to the accused, the accuser actually had a mental incapacity to give consent? We examine all aspects of whether or not consent occurred.
- Witnesses: Often rape is claimed after the alleged attacker and victim interacted socially at a bar or public gathering. Are there witnesses to the conduct between the two? Or perhaps a witness overheard the parties’ discussion pertaining to consensual sexual activity? Witness testimony can make or break the outcome of a trial.
Given the public stigma attached to rape, and the severity of the crime, let our dedicated criminal defense lawyers craft a strong defense for you.
If you are facing rape charges, let our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys help you
Criminal allegations of sexual misconduct are serious. Rape is no exception. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley our Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyers are ready to put your defense strategy in place. We represent the accused in Murfreesboro and throughout Middle Tennessee. Call us at 615-893-1331 or contact us online today for a free consultation.