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Rape Defense Lawyer in Louisiana
What is Third-Degree Rape? (formerly Simple Rape)
Although there is nothing simple about rape, “simple rape” refers to the most lenient rape offense. Third-degree rape occurs when sexual intercourse is deemed to be without the lawful consent of a victim because it is committed under any one or more of the following circumstances:
- When the victim cannot resist or understand the reason for act because he or she is intoxicated and the offender knew or should have known about his or her incapacity.
- When the victim, through unsoundness of mind, is temporarily or permanently incapable of understanding the nature of the act and the offender knew or should have known about the victim’s incapacity.
- When the female victim submits because she mistakes the offender for her husband and such belief is intentionally induced by any artifice, pretense, or concealment practiced by the offender.
What are the Penalties for Third-Degree Rape?
Third-degree rape is a felony offense. A person convicted may face imprisonment for up to twenty-five years with or without hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of the sentence.
At The John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm, we have the resources necessary to uncover the truth behind the charges against you. We effectively investigate all rape cases, thoroughly interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence that shows our clients in the most favorable light.
A mere allegation of a sexual offense can ruin your reputation for years to come. Don’t hesitate to seek strong representation during this difficult time. Schedule a free consultation with attorney Eric Johnson by calling 318-377-1555 or contact us online.