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Rape and Attempted Rape Allegations

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You may face an allegation of rape or attempted rape if you are believed to have sexually penetrated, or attempted to penetrate, an individual without their consent. 

DPP Law will always take claims of false rape accusations very seriously. When contesting a rape allegation, our specialists will examine all evidence, forensics and witness statements in a bid to create a powerful defence.  

DNA evidence may exonerate you in certain circumstances, but if you have copies of text messages or emails between yourself and the accuser or any video or audio files – including recorded phone calls – that strongly suggest that there was consent for the act, this could be also considered extremely valuable evidence of your innocence. 

If found guilty, those accused of rape may face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 

In connection with rape, sexual offence charges include:

  • Attempted rape
  • Penetration with a foreign object
  • Marital or relationship rape
  • Date rape
  • Aggravated rape
  • Child rape
  • “Revenge” rape

In responding to false rape allegations, the experts at DPP understand that it is extremely important for the defence to be able to provide strong evidence either:

  • That the act was undertaken with consent throughout, or
  • That you did not perform the act at all.

What constitutes attempted rape?

A person can be accused of attempted rape if they clearly intended to sexually penetrate the victim without consent, but did not succeed at the time in question. 

What is the sentence for attempted rape?

Whether the charge is that of rape or of attempted rape, the maximum sentence is life imprisonment. A custodial sentence is inevitable if a person is found guilty of attempted rape, with the minimum sentence usually sitting at 3-5 years. 

What does statutory rape mean?

This refers to the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with an individual below the legal age of sexual consent (16 years of age in the UK). Sentences for this offence can reach life in prison. 

When you choose DPP Law for legal assistance and representation, you will be assured:

  • Guaranteed confidentiality at all times
  • A comprehensive check of forensics and evidence records
  • Sensitive expert advice – first consultation FREE

Rape is one of the most serious crimes a person can be tried for, so false rape claims can be highly destructive. Your defence should be as strong as possible to ensure a fair verdict. Get in touch with DPP Law’s team of experts as soon as possible to discuss your position and begin working with them on methods to defend against rape allegations.

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