San Diego Date Rape Defense

Our society promotes a culture that seems to advocate certain behaviors at one time, and then admonish them at others. This can lead to a number of confusing situations, and accusations of date rape can arise from an innocent mistake, frequently compounded by the use of drugs and alcohol.

The application of date rape can vary significantly depending on the circumstances involved. One definintion of date rape is “forcible sexual intercourse by a male acquaintance of a woman, during a voluntary social engagement in which the woman did not intend to submit to the sexual advances and resisted the acts by verbal refusals, denials or pleas to stop, and/or physical resistance.”

The fact that the people involved knew each other or that the woman willingly spent time with the man are not legal defenses to a charge of rape. In fact, some lawyers can use a previous relationship against a defendant, as it can appear to be malice aforethought or the actions of a stalker.

This complicated situation requires immediate and experienced legal counsel. The sooner that you engage a dedicated defense team the better your chances of a favorable outcome to your current situation. Date rape charges are a serious matter and need to be handled by an experienced San Diego Criminal Defense Law Firm. Contact the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Steigerwalt Law Firm today to review your case!

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