Get a Better Understanding Date Rape Charges in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts continues to treat sex crimes with the most extensive punishments possible. This includes date rape, which is loosely defined as forced sexual copulation by the victims escort. Although the term sexual intercourse may sound tame, it refers to a whole range of sexual activity. Date rape can occur if the victim was forced to perform oral or anal sex, or was penetrated by any form of a foreign object as a result of force.

Don’t be confused by the “date” adjective thrown in front of rape. This charge isn’t any less serious than the less formidably named “rape” charge. The change in terminology is due merely to a difference in circumstances. A rape charge is most commonly attributed to victims who don’t know their forcible partner, whereas date rape refers to a victim that may be socially involved with their aggressor. With either charge, you are facing up to 20 years in a state run prison.

The Massachusetts General Laws §265-22 uncovers an explicit description as to the full extent of a rape charge, and the specificities that one faces with a possible conviction. If there was a firearm or weapon involved, there is a punishment of no less than ten years in prison. The number becomes fifteen if it is a second offense. If you have been convicted of a date rape charge before, then you are automatically ineligible to apply for any furlough or temporary release until two-thirds of your sentence is fulfilled.

Years of your life hang in the balance after a date rape charge. These charges are extremely difficult to rid yourself of once convicted, and without a tenacious criminal defense you are more likely to find yourself wading through years in a state prison. With a legal system that remains starkly rigid throughout the whole of domestic violence cases, your chances of an innocent outcome become infinitesimal without quality representation.

With over 1.3 million women victimized by a partner annually in the United States, it becomes extremely difficult to find a legal professional who truly believes in your case. Here we strive to give you a timely and succinct criminal defense that will combat all statistics. If you believe in your innocence, then we believe in your innocence. There is no reason to wait any longer searching for a solid and aggressive Boston criminal attorney to craft an indispensable defense. Contact our office today so that we can begin work on your case.