Kentucky Criminal Defense Attorney

Sexual Offenses


Sexual offenses are some of the most heinous crimes that can be committed against another human being.

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There are hundreds of cases of rape reported in the state of Kentucky and probably many more that are not being reported. These are some very serious crimes that not only leave the victim devastated emotionally and psychologically, but can also result in major time spent in prison.

Kentucky has developed these laws as a means to protect victims who have been raped and to deter future rape and other sexual offenses from occurring in the state.

If you are being charged with a sexual offense, you immediately need to look into hiring a defense attorney.

One of the most serious sexual offenses in the state of Kentucky is rape in the first degree. Rape in the first degree is committed when someone engages in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion. What this means is that rape is committed when a person forces another person into a sexual act, whether the force be by threatening the individual with a weapon or just holding them down and then forcing themselves on the individual.

It is also considered rape if the person is incapable of consent. This is referring to someone who is physically helpless, such as person with a disability. This provision also covers individuals who are under the age of twelve.

Rape in the first degree is a Class B felony offense. If the victim of the rape is under twelve years of age, it becomes a Class A felony offense.

Rape in the second degree is also a serious crime in the state of Kentucky. The Kentucky penal code says a person is guilty of rape in the second degree when the person is eighteen years old or older and has sex with a person who is under the age of fourteen. Rape in the second degree is a Class C felony.

Rape in the third degree is the lowest rape charge in the state of Kentucky. The law states someone is guilty of rape in the third degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse with someone who is incapable of giving consent due to mental retardation or being mentally incapacitated.

A person is also guilty of rape in the third degree if that person is over twenty-one years old and engages in sexual intercourse with a person who is less than sixteen years old. This is a Class D felony.

A Class A felony in the state of Kentucky is a serious crime with a serious penalty. If you are convicted of a Class A felony, you could be imprisoned for twenty to fifty years or life.

A Class B felony has a sentence of ten to twenty years in prison, while a Class C felony can get you put away for five to ten years.

The lowest felony charge is a Class D and that is usually between one to five years in prison.

These are serious crimes, and if you have been charged with any of the rape charges above, legal representation is a must.

A defense lawyer will treat you the way you should be treated, which is innocent until proven guilty.

They will assist you in developing a defense strategy that might call into question the accuracy of DNA evidence, should any be involved in the case.

An attorney will make sure that any questioning or interrogation you went through was conducted properly and in accordance with the Constitution to ensure none of your rights were violated by police officers.

A defense attorney may also be able to help you get a lesser charge through the use of a plea bargain.