L.A. Lawyer Provides Strong Defense to Date Rape Charges

Guidance from an attorney with more than a decade of experience

Date rape is not a less serious form of rape. Date rape is rape. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi in Los Angeles, we know what’s at stake if you have been accused of date rape. Our firm is prepared to develop a strong defense for you.

Date rape and intoxication

If your date voluntarily consumes drugs or alcohol and becomes intoxicated to the point of being incapable of resisting sexual advances and the two of you engage in sexual intercourse, the state may or may not decide to charge you with rape, depending on the unique circumstances of your case. If, however, you provide alcohol or drugs with the intention of rendering the victim incapable of resisting sexual advances, the state undoubtedly will charge you with rape.

The sex offender registry

If convicted, you will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Sex offenders must register once a year within five working days of their birthday and every time they move to a new home. If you fail to register, you will be charged with a felony and could receive up to three years in prison.

Date rape defenses

Rape is one of the crimes on the strike list under California’s three strikes law. The third time you are convicted of a crime on the strike list, you receive an automatic 25 years to life in prison. So if you have prior strike list felonies on your record, it is crucial that you retain experienced counsel if you are arrested for date rape.

Below are examples of the defenses typically used in date rape cases:

  • There was no sexual intercourse
  • There simply isn’t enough evidence against you
  • The victim is falsely accusing you, possibly for revenge
  • The date rape victim consented to have sexual intercourse or you had reason to believe the victim consented

Experienced defense lawyer fights aggressively for you

If you are charged with date rape in California, call the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi immediately. We can visit you in jail to discuss your case. Set up a free initial consultation with a lawyer from our firm by contacting us online or by calling us at (310) 894-8548. Our office is in the Westside Towers in West Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Westwood.