Spousal or marital rape is defined as any type of nonconsensual sexual act between two married individuals. Marital rape is the intimidation, threat or coercion of a partner to evoke sexual acts against the other’s will. When a couple accepts the vows of matrimony it does not mean that either spouse can demand a sexual act of any kind at any time with force. Marriage does not entail sexual requirements, and a spouse, just like any other individual always has the right to say “no.”
If you have been accused of marital rape you need to contact an experienced sex crimes attorney as soon as possible. Any form of rape is undoubtedly a serious offense and you do not want to face the judge alone. If you are convicted of spousal rape you could be looking at 15 years in prison, expensive fines, compensation to victim, court-ordered therapy and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Along with a more than serious punishment, sex crimes offenders often face damages to their personal character and could lose their jobs and limit their future opportunities in the community.
A person accused of spousal rape can be convicted on these grounds:
- The victim and the accused are married
- The accused threatened harm on the victim if he/she did not consent to sexual acts
- The accused forced the victim to engage in sexual acts against his/her will
- The victim was unconscious during a sexual act or could not consent because he/she is mentally handicapped or incapacitated
The elements of marital rape can be proven on testimony alone. No other independent evidence is needed to prove guilt of the offender. If you have been accused of spousal rape, contact a knowledgeable sex crimes lawyer right away. You need someone skilled at protecting your fate in front of a judge and juries. The laws of marital rape can be baffling and unclear. Hiring an experienced Florida attorney immediately can help restore your innocence.How We Can Help You Fight Rape Charges
Our Rape Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will never judge you and we treat every client with the respect they deserve. We always investigate all of our sex cases thoroughly, as each one has its own set of facts and intricacies. We will explore all of your legal options in order to exhaust every potential defense. We will not accept any plea bargains unless we believe that this is your best option and you agree. We will work tirelessly for a positive outcome and look for any evidence that could work in your favor and result in a dismissal of charges or a reduction of charges.
Our Florida Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have defended people from all walks of life who have found themselves caught up in sex crimes accusations. Many of these individuals have been mistakenly arrested or wrongfully identified/accused. We are fully aware that many people arrested for crimes are not in fact guilty. If you are interested in having a completely free and confidential conversation about the charges against you, we urge you to call us now at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.Contact Us Today
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