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Date Rape Defense

Date Rape Defense

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Date rape, sometimes referred to as acquaintance rape, can be an emotionally charged, painful and confusing subject. Date rape cases often involve students who are acquainted with one another and who have been at a party together. Questions about consent are always pivotal in these cases:

  • Was sexual activity consensual?
  • Did “yes” actually mean “no”? Did “no” mean “yes”?
  • Did shame and guilt lead a person to allege date rape?
  • How big a role did alcohol and/or drugs play?
  • Has a complainant’s story changed or evolved over time?
  • Do two parties have different perceptions of the same event or series of events?

In the modern world, consent can involve ambiguity and ambivalence. Messages can be misinterpreted during dating or courting rituals. What started as a casual encounter or a typical event within a relationship can turn into a serious criminal case. At the law office of Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., in Portland, I protect my clients’ rights in date rape cases.

Life-Altering Criminal Charges

Being accused of date rape or marital rape, which involves forcible sex between married individuals, is a life-altering matter. Being convicted of a sex crime can lead to incarceration and long-term registration as a sex offender.

If you or a loved one has been charged with date rape or acquaintance rape, talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Talk to someone with extensive trial experience with similar cases. Do not talk to the police about your case until you have obtained proper legal advice.

I Am Here To Defend You

As your criminal defense lawyer, I can defend you vigorously and help you reach the most favorable possible outcome by:

  • Listening carefully to your side of the story and explaining your legal rights
  • Conducting a deep and thorough investigation into the background of the complaining witness
  • Representing you in negotiations with prosecutors
  • Representing you at trial before a judge

Some people are shocked to learn they are being charged with date rape. You may feel like you are being treated unfairly or lied about. Regardless of where you find yourself, I will advocate tirelessly for your rights as your lawyer.

Contact Me Today

Contact me, attorney Steven J. Sherlag, to discuss your case in confidence.

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