Attempted Rape

Have you been accused of Attempted Rape?

Attempted rape is a serious offense that can be heavily penalized in the state of Ohio.  Attempted rape charges may have little evidence other than victim and witness testimony.  This leaves many people open to false accusations with little recourse.

For that reason, it is extremely important to contact a Columbus criminal lawyer as soon as you have been arrested for an attempted rape offense.  Sex crimes generally evoke strong emotions from others.  They require an experienced attorney that can handle the delicate aspects of a trial.  When sex crimes are at issue, much more care must be taken as to who you hire for legal assistance.  It is important to understand that the presumption of innocence is sometimes obstructed when sex crimes are involved.

What is Attempted Rape?

The crime of attempted rape requires that the accused:

1) Intends to compel submission to sexual conduct by force or threat. The culpable mental state here is purpose. Force, or threat of force, must be involved with the purpose of compelling the victim to submit (See Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.02 (A) (1));

2) Commits some act that ‘convincingly demonstrates’ the intent. Removing the victim’s clothing by itself is not sufficient for an attempted rape. There must be evidence that the offender’s purpose was to rape, rather than to commit some other crime, such as gross sexual imposition.

Attempted Rape Defense

Little tolerance is given to those who commit sex crimes, which is understandable if the person is actually guilty of the crime.  Unfortunately, many innocent people are accused and convicted of sex crimes every year.

The mere accusation of a sex crime is powerful enough to dramatically affect your relationships and opportunities for the rest of your life.  The attorney that you choose can be the difference between facing serious penalties and facing dropped charges.  If you are convicted, you will have to publically register as a sex offender.  This alone is enough to prevent you from taking advantage of life’s opportunities.

When you have been accused of something as serious as attempted rape, the track record of your attorney is what counts.  Our firm has the experience and background to successfully defend clients from these charges.

Contact a Columbus Lawyer if you have been accused of attempted rape.