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New York City Rape and Sexual Assault Attorneys

Orange County Date Rape Defense Lawyer

Rape is classified as one of the most serious types of violent crimes. A rape accusation has the ability to tarnish your reputation, and a conviction can result in significant time behind bars. If you have been accused of rape, you must act fast to protect your rights and best interests. In order to beat these charges, you must enlist the help of a criminal defense lawyer. A New York Rape Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help guide you through the criminal justice system, and fight for your freedom.

Rape charges can vary in severity. The age of the victim, the age of the defendant and the circumstances surrounding the incident are all factors that will be considered when classifying a rape charge.

In New York, rape charges can be classified as the following:

  • Third Degree: punishable by up to 4 years in prison
  • Second Degree: punishable by up to 7 years in prison
  • First Degree: punishable by up to 25 years in prison

Consent also factors into how the crime of rape is classified. If the alleged victim was unable to consent to the sex in question due to being mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, physically helpless or physically incapacitated, the crime can be elevated to a higher charge.

Have You Been Accused of Date Rape? Do Not Wait to Protect Your Future – 866-608-5529

Date rape suggests that both parties knew each other before the alleged crime occurred. These cases are generally motivated by intense emotions because a personal relationship is involved. This can add to the complexity of a rape charge since it can be tough to determine whether sexual activity was consensual between both people or forced by the accused.

Unfortunately, many date rape cases involve alcohol or drug use, which can affect the memories of both individuals. While you may remember engaging in consensual sex, your partner may allege that he or she could not actually consent to any sexual activity. The New York Date Rape Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton represent those accused of using date-­‐rape drugs like GHB and rohypnol to encourage sexual activity. We know how to effectively comb through evidence gathered by police and prosecutors to build a successful defense.

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If you have been arrested for or charged with rape, you must enlist the help of a criminal defense lawyer right away. With so much at stake, you cannot afford to waste any time. An Orange County Date Rape Attorney at Whittel & Melton can offer you the aggressive, competent and detailed representation you need to overcome the charges against you. For an honest assessment of your case, contact us online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866‐608‐5529.

Representing Clients in New York City and Orange County, including Middletown, Town of Walkil, Scotchtown, Newburgh, Goshen, Pine Bush, Monroe, Chester, Warwick, Washingtonville and Port Jervis.

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