Massachusetts Rape Defense Lawyer

When it comes to physical contact between two people, it is important to remember that only consensual contact is allowed by the law, and any type of forced interaction may be subject to legal action, whether it is through violence or unwanted sexual contact. Persons who force unwanted sexual contact upon another person may face serious felony charges including assault and rape.

Rape is a very serious criminal charge that can result in long-term incarceration, heavy fines, court-fees, and other severe consequences. In addition, persons who are convicted of rape may be forced to live with lifelong social stigma and judgment from their friends, neighbors, and co-workers. If you have been accused of rape or another serious sex crime, contact Massachusetts sex crimes attorney James Powderly at 508-343-0676 today to discuss your defense.

The Definition of Rape

The legal definition of rape may vary from state-to-state and the charges an individual may face often depend on the specifics of the situation. Rape charges may be brought against individuals for:

  • Non-consensual and forced sexual intercourse with another individual
  • Sexual intercourse initiated by threats of violence
  • Sexual contact initiated by physical violence
  • Intercourse initiated by physical restraint
      • The individual was under the age of 16
      • The individual suffers from an impaired mental state or disability
      • The individual was rendered unconscious due to alcohol, drugs, or other substances
    • When a case goes to trial, the prosecution usually must prove that sexual contact or intercourse took place, and that such contact was performed without the consent of the accuser. It is important to note that there are certain circumstances in which a person cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse, including:

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      If you or someone you love stands accused of rape or other sex-related crimes, contact Massachusetts rape defense lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676 to discuss your legal options.


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