Allegations of Rape

A conviction for rape charges in Ohio can result in very serious punishments, including prison sentences, possible life imprisonment, requirements to register as a sex offender for life, a permanent criminal record and/or fines.

Many allegations of rape are strictly based on the testimony of the assumed victim, but are not corroborated by any hardcore or substantial evidence. Therefore, it is imperative to hire a Columbus rape defense attorney who will attempt to find applicable defenses to your case or other factors that will assist in your defense.

Columbus Rape Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with rape in the Columbus, Ohio area, contact the Joslyn Law Firm to discuss your side of the charges against you. Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm will listen to the facts of your particular situation and make every effort to identify possible defenses or mitigating factors to have your charges reduced or possibly dismissed. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation today about your alleged rape offense in Franklin County and the surrounding areas of Ohio.


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Rape Defined Under Ohio Law

Rape – Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.02: If someone has been charged with this offense, they have allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with another person by making that person submit through the use of force or threat of force.

A person may also be charged with rape if they engaged in sexual conduct with another person who is not their spouse, or is their spouse but lives separately, and:

  • They substantially impaired that person’s judgment or control in order to prevent resistance, by giving that person drugs, controlled substances or some other intoxicant by force, threat of force or deception;
  • The other person is less than 13 years old; or
  • The alleged offender knew or had reasonable cause to believe the other person’s ability to resist or consent was impaired by a mental or physical condition, or advanced age.

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Penalties for Rape in Ohio

This offense is punishable as a felony of the first degree, which can lead to a prison sentence from three to 10 years and/or fines up to $20,000. However, if the victim was under a certain age, rape can be punishable with life imprisonment or life in prison without parole.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Columbus Rape Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a rape offense in Columbus, Ohio, contact Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm to discuss the facts of your particular case. Brian Joslyn is an experienced Columbus sexual crime lawyer who will make every effort to fight the charges against you and help you find the best possible outcome to your situation.

Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation about your alleged sex crime in Franklin County and the surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.

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