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The state of Oklahoma aggressively prosecutes individuals charged with rape, statutory rape, and other sex-related charges, many times fighting for the maximum punishments allowed by law. If you or a loved one are facing charges of sexual assault, it can feel as if the whole system is against you. But just like everyone else, those charged with sex crimes are innocent until proven guilty.
Put the experienced Oklahoma City rape defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Adam R. Banner, P.C. to work for you today.
First-degree rape is the crime most commonly referred to as “rape.” It is non-consensual sexual penetration that is typically committed through threat or force. Not all first degree acts are violent, however. In some cases, rape in the first degree occurs when a person is incapacitated in some manner.
By statute, first-degree rape is punishable by death. However, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional except in cases of capital murder. Minimum sentencing is five years in prison, and maximum penalties include life without the opportunity of parole.
Since it's a violent sex crime, it is considered one of Oklahoma’s “85 Percent Crimes.” As a result, anyone convicted of rape in the first degree is required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before eligibility for parole will be considered. This makes hiring an attorney imperative to your chances of successfully fighting charges.
For parole considerations, a life sentence is forty-five years. So an individual sentenced to life in prison would be required to serve thirty-eight years of their sentence before parole eligibility will be considered.
It is also a Level III sex offense. This means that anyone convicted must register as an Oklahoma Sex Offender for life. This requires the individual to provide address verification every 90 days. All of the personal information of the offender is made publicly available in the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry. This includes the physical address, the crime committed, and other personal information.
Nonconsensual sexual penetration which is not sexual intercourse is called rape by instrumentation. It covers any act of vaginal or anal penetration by a foreign object or body part which does not equal intercourse.
It will be prosecuted as a first-degree charge if the victim is below the age of 14 or if the act results in serious bodily injury. It will be prosecuted as a second-degree charge if the victim is statutorily unable to provide legal consent.
Statutory or second-degree charges includes acts in which the “victim” verbally consents to sex, but by law, he or she is legally unable to do so. They are not forcible acts; they are not violent acts. They do not even always include minors as the “victims.”
Second-degree rape is not typical of the violent crime many people associate with first degree; however, it still carries a heavy punishment. Those convicted have committed a felony sex offense which is punishable by both lengthy prison terms and lifetime sex offender registration.
If you have been accused of second-degree rape or questioned about the nature of your relationship with a person who is legally unable to consent, it is crucial that you refuse to answer questions or discuss your case with anyone except an attorney familiar with sex crime cases. Statutory rape is known as a per se offense. This leaves no wiggle room. If the sex took place, the crime took place, regardless of any other extenuating circumstances.
For example, telling an officer of the law, “Yes, we did have sex, but she told me she was 18,” would be tantamount to an admission of guilt—not an extenuating circumstance that can save you from prosecution and conviction.
The consequences of conviction are extremely harsh. Your personal and professional relationships will be put at risk, and if you are convicted, you will be branded a sex offender for the rest of your life. You can read more about statutory rape laws in Oklahoma here.
Rape is an act of sexual intercourse involving vaginal or anal penetration accomplished with a male or female who is not the spouse of the perpetrator and who may be of the same or the opposite sex as the perpetrator under any of the following circumstances:
A rape charge of any type is a serious matter. Oftentimes circumstances described by the victim are not consistent with what actually happened. To protect your rights and your reputation you need to consult a criminal justice attorney with experience handling these types of cases.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Adam R. Banner of Oklahoma City specialize in a wide range of sexually related charges and will implement an aggressive criminal defense strategy designed to protect you.