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Rape and Other Sex Crimes

A first degree rape charge in Oklahoma is an extremely serious matter carrying a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Any person facing such a charge has several big problems including a high bail amount and evidentiary rules that limit the cross-examination of the complaining witness. Many cases have the he-said/she-said dynamic built into them and turn on matters such as whether an admitted sexual liaison was in fact consensual.

A second degree rape charge is only somewhat less serious and typically involves what is known as "statutory rape". In this sort of case consent isn't technically an issue because the sexual liaison (if admitted) is illegal regardless of the consent of the complaining witness typically due to the age of the witness (in Oklahoma 15 is too low). There are complications that can arise from the defendant and the complaining witness being of similar ages that can work in the Defendant's favor. Also, few District Attorneys are fully immune from arguments regarding the consent of the complaining witness and can sometimes be persuaded to substitute a different charge such as outraging public decency.

The advantage of such a substitution is that the defendant can then avoid being a registered sex offender which carries a heavy reporting requirement along with other restrictions that make life difficult for most people.

If you have been charged with a sex offense call now for a free consultation.

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