San Bernardino Rape Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer for Rape Charges
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged for rape in the
San Bernardino area, it is important that you have a qualified criminal
defense attorney handling your defense. Rape is a very serious charge
which can have life-changing consequences well into the future. It is
highly recommended that you contact the San Bernardino rape lawyer at
the Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald as soon as possible for a free,
initial consultation about your case. Mr. McDonald has been practicing
law since 1990 and is a former Riverside County prosecutor. He knows how
the prosecution will proceed with its case against you and can use his
extensive experience on both sides of courtroom to create an effective
defense on your behalf.
Rape Charges and Consequences
California Penal Code 261 describes rape as nonconsensual intercourse using
force, violence, duress, menace, fear of bodily harm to oneself or another,
fear of retaliation, or fraud. Included in the category of rape are related
crimes such as spousal rape, date rape, and statutory rape. Rape is classified
as a felony and carries severe penalties, including 3, 6, or 8 years of
imprisonment, an additional 3 to 5 years imprisonment if it was accompanied
by substantial injuries to the victim, fines up to $10,000, mandatory
registration as a sex offender, and a possible "strike" on your
criminal record. Aside from these serious penalties, the mere accusation
of rape can compromise your personal and professional life, casting doubt
on your reputation before you are even formally charged or convicted.
It is important in any rape investigation or charges that you seek capable
legal help before you are interviewed by law enforcement. In some cases,
the San Bernardino rape attorney at the firm can investigate accusations
of rape and disprove them before formal charges are filed against you.
False accusations made out of jealousy, anger, or revenge are often the
situation in rape cases as are cases of insufficient evidence.
Contact the San Bernardino Rape Lawyer
at the firm if you have been accused of or charged with rape in the greater
San Bernardino area. Your initial consultation is free.