Keegan Law: A Boston Rape Defense Team

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Few charges are as serious as being accused of rape. Not only does our criminal justice system punish this offense severely, but just the accusation can destroy someone’s reputation and career, and this stigma can be made permanent through mandatory sex offender registration. At Keegan Law, we can help you stand up for your rights. It is our priority to defend you with aggression and commitment.

Why choose our Boston rape defense lawyers?

  • We are former law enforcement officers and prosecutors
  • Our awards include selection in the list of Super Lawyers® and National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • We are backed by a proven track record and strong client testimonials

We are well-versed in all sides of the criminal justice system, and we can utilize these insights to provide the legal counsel and support you need. Don’t hesitate to discuss your potential defense with our experienced and proven defense team.

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Understanding Rape Charges in Massachusetts

Rape is defined as sexual intercourse, oral or anal sex, or penetration of an inanimate object through the use of physical force or threat of bodily injury. Some people may not know that rape can occur between couples that are married or dating; the charges will proceed the same regardless of their relationship.

In order to be convicted with rape, two things must be proven. These two aspects include:

  • The defendant must be proven to have engaged in sexual intercourse, natural or unnatural, with someone else. For it to be considered sexual intercourse, penetration must occur.
  • The defendant must be proven to have used force when engaging in sexual intercourse with someone else, or that it happened against the opposing party’s will. If fraud was involved, it will affect the issue of consent, as the victim must be able to exercise free consent.

When dealing with rape charges, consent is often a hotly disputed issue. Oftentimes, it is left to the jury to determine whether or not the defendant was acting on consent given by the victim.

What are the potential penalties for rape in Boston?

There is the chance of lifetime sex offender registration—even life imprisonment—in a rape case. It is vital that you find an attorney you can depend upon. With Keegan Law, you can face the courtroom with confidence.

If you are convicted of rape, the penalties vary from case to case. However, if this is a first time offense, you can be charged with up to twenty years in prison. If a gun was involved in the offense, you can be sentenced to no less than fifteen years in prison.

For a second offense or greater, the sentence could be as harsh as life in prison, or however many years or decades the court deems appropriate. After a second offense, there can be no chance for temporary relief or any program which is outside of the correctional facility until at least two-thirds of the sentence has been served.

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Our firm has over forty years of combined legal experience. At Kegan Law, our sex crime defense lawyers are committed to understanding the intricacies of your case and creating a persuasive defense against your charges. Our firm will find out if it is possible to determine that you had a reasonable, good faith belief that the victim consented, and if this is the case, a jury may find you innocent.

By speaking with a Boston rape attorney, you can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you hire us, the more time we will have to build a solid defense on your behalf.

Call (617) 799-7644 to schedule your free case evaluation today! Don’t hesitate: You can reach our Boston rape defense lawyers 24/7.