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Rape and Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is unwanted conduct involving another that does not involve sexual intercourse. It can include groping, touching or attempted rape, and is charged as criminal sexual conduct. Sexual assault charges can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity of the conduct alleged.

Rape charges present unique issues. Often rape cases involve physical evidence, such as hair or bodily fluids, and the DNA testing that accompanies this sort of evidence. DNA testing is not foolproof and an experienced attorney understands the methods to bring this evidence into question. Rape cases can also involve psychological issues or a vendetta on the part of the accuser. The background of the accuser and the quality of the state’s evidence are significant aspects of any rape case that must be investigated from the outset. Rape cases often involve “he said, she said” testimony, making credibility paramount.

Like all sex crimes, sexual assault and rape are very sensitive charges and no matter how weak or strong the case against you, the charges must be treated very seriously. The potential ramifications of a rape or sexual assault conviction are life-altering, including jail time, substantial fines and registration as a sex offender. The stigma that comes with a rape conviction can ruin relationships with family and friends or cost you your job.

Sexual assault or rape charges require representation by an experienced Michigan sex crime defense attorney. Rape cases require skillful, aggressive cross-examination of the accuser and thorough investigation of character evidence, psychological issues, and all physical evidence in the case. At Grabel & Associates, we have successfully represented numerous individuals against sexual assault and rape charges. If you believe that you may be accused of sexual assault or rape, you should contact an attorney before the police begin asking questions. Contact us today at (800) 342-7896 for a confidential consultation.


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