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Defending Against Rape Charges In Indiana

Until recently, Indiana had a fairly narrow definition for the crime of rape. However, in 2014, the criminal code was updated, and the crimes of rape and criminal deviate conduct were essentially merged under Indiana Code 35-42-4-1. The consequences of a rape conviction can be catastrophic. Depending on the nature of the allegations, a person can be charged with either a level 1 or level 3 felony. Regardless of the level of felony, any rape conviction will require the offender to register as a sexually violent predator for a minimum of 10 years. Rape cases can be particularly complex as they often are based on forensic DNA evidence and require expert witnesses.

Much like with child molestation allegations, rape cases can be particularly emotional as they often pit family and friends against each other. You may be required to provide a DNA sample as part of an investigation or be subjected to a lengthy police interrogation. Many people accused of rape have no prior experiences with the criminal justice system, making the situation even more precarious.

You Cannot Afford To Wait

How you act and what you say may have a significant impact on whether charges are brought against you. From the moment you are made aware that a rape accusation has been made against you, it is important to seek competent and experienced legal counsel. You should make sure that whomever you retain to be your attorney in these types of cases has experience cross-examining forensic experts who will testify about DNA and serological witnesses.

Our attorneys at Hayes Ruemmele LLC have litigated rape cases at both the trial court and appellate levels. We can provide representation from the early stages of a rape investigation all the way to an appeal at the Indiana Supreme Court. Call 317-491-1050 to schedule a consultation.