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Syracuse Rape Defense Attorney Is Your Most Powerful Ally

Providing comprehensive criminal defense representation in Syracuse and throughout upstate New York since 1993

Rape charges are one of the most common criminal offenses. Criminal defense attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts of the DeRoberts Law Firm has handled numerous rape and sexual assault cases in both state and federal courts over the past 20 years. We provide thorough, personalized counsel in a supportive environment and assist clients throughout each stage of the criminal process.

Helping clients explore every legal option and make sound decisions

According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, in 2013 there were more than 100 forcible rapes reported to police in Onondaga County alone. There were more than 2500 reported throughout all of New York State. Under New York law, rape is divided into three categories.

  • First Degree Rape – Engaging in sexual intercourse with another person using forcible compulsion or someone who is incapable of consent due to being physically helpless or less than 13 years old
  • Second Degree Rape – Engaging in sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 15 or someone who is mentally disabled or incapacitated and therefore incapable of providing consent
  • Third Degree Rape – Engaging in sexual intercourse with someone incapable of providing consent for a reason other than being under the age of 17 or incapacity to consent.

Rape charges are classified as felonies and can lead to significant fines, probation and incarceration.

Rape charges can result from a variety of different scenarios

Violent stranger rapes occur and are often thoroughly covered by the media. However, a majority of rapes, 73% according to the U.S. Department of Justice, occur between individuals who know or are related to each other.

Many rape charges result from consensual relationships between people of different ages. For example, if a 21-year-old engages in sexual intercourse with someone under less than 17 years old, he or she may be charged with third-degree rape. We work hard to understand exactly what happened to our clients and analyze all aspects of each case. Several defenses may be available to you based on your specific circumstances. Rape cases often hinge on details such evidence handling and preservation and whether or not the sex was consensual. We explore all possibilities to ensure that your case is handled properly and you achieve the best possible outcome.

If you are facing a rape charge, contact an experienced Syracuse criminal defense attorney for staunch advocacy and tenacious rape defense representation

The team at the DeRoberts Law Firm assists clients facing even the most daunting legal challenges. Each client receives one-on-one attention and access to extensive legal resources. We offer free initial consultations and flexible office hours for your convenience. Call us at 315-479-6445 or contact us online to discuss your case.

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If you are looking for a Syracuse criminal defense attorney to protect your rights, look no further.

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