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Accomplished Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorney Protects Your Rights Against Serious Date Rape Allegations

Skilled and trusted legal counsel protecting you against the dire consequences of a date rape conviction

Date rape is a serious criminal charge that could put you in prison for up to 30 years. Even if you manage to avoid a long prison sentence, the requirement to register as a sex offender have long-term consequences that can change your life forever. At The Law Office of David L. Scott, Our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney understands that allegations of date rape are not a conviction. Prosecutors must prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. It is our mission to protect your rights by pursuing an aggressive defense that challenges every aspect of the case against you.

The complexities presented by a Tennessee date rape charge

Rape is a felony under Tennessee criminal law. Prosecutors must prove the victim was subjected to unlawful sexual penetration by force, coercion or without their consent. Almost half of the reported incidents of rape occur between individuals who know each other. Accusations of rape are directed against a relative or someone with whom the victim has been intimate in almost 30 percent of the cases reported to the police. Date rape charges may arise from circumstances not considered to be criminal in nature. For example, you can be accused of date rape if the victim claims to have been unable to consent to engaging in sexual relations due to intoxication caused by drugs or alcohol.

Our experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of David L. Scott, understands Tennessee courts have interpreted “force” to include administering drugs to a person without consent before engaging in sexual relations. Our skilled defense attorney knows the inability of prosecutors to prove the time at which drugs were ingested by the victim could be a viable defense to date rape charges.

Defending you against the harsh penalties associated with a conviction

Rape charges are serious violations of the law, even when they arise in what might have been a social setting in which you believed the sexual conduct to be consensual. Penalties associated with a conviction include:

Imprisonment: Date rape is a class B felony punishable by a minimum prison sentence of eight years up to a maximum of 30.

Fines: A judge may include as part of the sentence a fine up to $25,000. This may be imposed in addition to a prison sentence or other penalty.

Mandatory registration as a sex offender: A date rape conviction comes with the requirement that you register as a sex offender. Designation as a sex offender means your name and conviction are available to the public through the state database. It also restricts where you can live, limits with whom you may come in contact, and keep you from holding certain types of jobs.

Limitations on child custody rights: In the event of a child custody dispute, your date rape conviction may be used as to deny custody rights to you.

Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney aggressively defends you against date rape allegations

Allegations of date rape can ruin your reputation. A conviction can take away your freedom and change your life forever. When so much is on the line, you want legal representation from a staunch advocate whose resourcefulness and knowledge of the law is up to the task of devising and executing an effective defense strategy. At The Law Office of David L. Scott, our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney is up to the challenge presented by date rape allegations. Our client-focused approach to legal representation begins when you call our office to schedule a free case evaluation. Contact us at 615-896-7656 to schedule an appointment, or you may contact us online.

 

 
 
 

 

 

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Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

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