Rape Charges and Defense

A sex crime – defined in broad terms – is any form of unlawful “Sexual Conduct” between persons of any gender. Regardless of the legal definition, however, being accused of rape is one of the most difficult situations you could ever find yourself in. Even if you have been wrongfully accused, the accusation itself can affect your personal relationships in an extremely negative manner. If you live in Columbus or surrounding areas and are facing potential rape charges, your ideal solution is to contact Koenig & Long Criminal Defense Attorneys immediately!

About Rape Charges

According to Section 2907.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, a person can be found guilty of rape in the following four cases:

  1. The suspect uses force or threat of force to compel the alleged victim to have sexual relations;
  2. To prevent resistance, the suspect secretly uses a drug or intoxicant prior to having sexual relations with the alleged victim;
  3. The suspect has sexual relations with an alleged victim whose ability to consent or resist is significantly impaired due to a mental or physical condition; or
  4. The suspect has sexual relations with a victim who is less than 13 years of age.

Ohio’s statute on rape offenses also indicates that a lack of resistance from the victim against the suspect does not automatically mean that force or a threat of force was not used during the sexual relations. Thus, the victim does not need to prove that they have implemented resistance in order for the suspect to be convicted.

Your Rape Defense Case

As your Columbus criminal defense attorneys, we have represented countless defendants accused of rape locally as well as across the state of Ohio. Throughout our more than 25 years in criminal defense, we have frequently encountered the following three situations:

  1. When a woman, usually a current or past girlfriend or a friend of a current girlfriend, alleges that the client forced her to have unwanted sex.

Example 1 – One such case involved the friend of a client’s girlfriend claiming that the client forced her to have sex with him. When law enforcement officials contacted our client for his side of the story, he denied the allegations, stating that the sexual relations were both consensual and recurring on a regular basis for some time.

Example 2 – Another similar case concerned a client who was playing sex games with a young lady friend. In the midst of these “games,” she apparently changed her mind. Our client claimed that, based on his past experience with her, he reasonably believed that the change of mind was simply part of the game. That case was resolved with a plea to a general misdemeanor offense.

  1. When the accused has sexual relations with a person who is under the age of 13. We see this frequently, especially with men living with a woman who has a young daughter from another relationship. Very often there is a tumultuous family relationship, which can provide the psychological framework for a false allegation.
  2. When the offender uses drugs to prevent the accuser from resisting. The accuser in this type of situation alleges that our client mixed excessive amounts of liquor or other substances. Usually meeting the client at a bar or party, the accuser claims that the purpose for mixing drinks was intoxication and ultimately an inability to resist sexual activity.

We understand that a rape conviction in Ohio can lead to a life-changing penalty, one that affects not only the defendant but also the defendant’s family and loved ones. Only a trained and experienced defense attorney can potentially prevent you from being prosecuted to the fullest extent, which is precisely what our team is here for. We will thoroughly review your case and promptly advise you on the best course of action. We have a proven track record for winning cases – view our courtroom victories.

If you, a friend or a relative are being investigated for or have been charged with any rape offense in Columbus or elsewhere in Ohio, please call one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at (614) 454-5010 or  Toll-Free: 888-454-5070 for a free initial consultation.