According to NRS 200.366, sexual assault, also known as rape, is the following:
“A person who subjects another person to sexual penetration, or who forces another person to make a sexual penetration on himself or herself or another, or on a beast, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his or her conduct.”
Other than murder, rape is considered the most serious offense that can be committed—leading to severe penalties. The possibility of parole depends on certain circumstances surrounding the case—including whether the victim suffered substantial injury, the age of the victim, and more.
Even if you believe you are not guilty, you still have to prove your innocence. Generally, per U.S. law, one is considered innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, the emotional response in the case of certain heinous crimes such as rape is to assume the person was guilty and seek punishment—even without the level of proof normally required in other types of cases.
If you are convicted of rape, you can end up behind bars for many years and will have to deal with the stigma of registering as a sex offender, which will only serve to further complicate your re-entry into society. The repercussions of such an accusation can ruin a marriage, career, family relations, friendships, and business. Therefore, it is imperative to work with a qualified Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. We encourage you to contact us immediately.
Given the magnitude of the potential life-long consequences, if you or someone you know has been charged with rape, it is crucial to retain a skilled attorney to start building your defense. It is also of utmost importance that you exercise your right to remain silent until you have secured and consulted with your lawyer as saying the wrong things can be detrimental to your case.
At Okabe & Haushalter, we have dedicated our professional lives to advocating for the rights of the criminally accused. We are well versed and experienced in defending clients that are accused of rape and can provide you with the level of representation you need. A law firm is only as good as their record of success, and our lawyers possess a proven ability to win. We know how to put together highly effective defensive strategies and are committed to protecting our clients.
Do not hesitate to contact a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer at our law offices to see how we can protect your rights even in the face of a rape accusation.