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Robert S. Toale Motto
  • New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney

Accusations of date rape can lead to diverse criminal charges

Date rape occurs when one person forces another person to engage in sex. What differentiates date rape from the more general term “rape” is that date rape happens between individuals who have had a prior social relationship. At colleges and universities all throughout Louisiana, date rape can be a serious problem for those who claim to be victims and those they accuse as their attackers.

There are many scenarios under which a claim of date rape may arise and, for this reason, any person who has been accused of committing date rape should consider seeking legal assistance with preparing their criminal defense. The facts of a date rape case can be critical as to how a matter is heard by the courts. The amount of evidence available to support the facts of a case can make the difference in how a criminal charge is resolved.

One important fact investigated during a claim of date rape is whether the alleged attacker used a date rape drug on their alleged victim. Date rape drugs are substances that attackers give their victims to incapacitate them prior to committing the sexual assaults. Some date rape drugs are legal for other purposes in the United States; others are banned from any use in this country.

Because drugs sometimes factor into date rape claims, a person facing date rape charges may also face drug charges for the same underlying matter. The potential complexity of date rape cases can make them difficult matters to defend. Criminal defense attorneys can provide some guidance to those facing such charges to prepare them for the rigors of getting through their criminal trials.

Source: WebMD, “Rape and Date Rape,” Accessed March 29, 2015

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