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Albuquerque Rape/Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys

Sexual assault is a category of sexually-based crimes that includes any forced or unwanted sexual touching of certain usually private parts of the body, including genitals, breasts, or buttocks. Sexual assault includes the crimes of rape, sex abuse, molestation, incest, and statutory rape.  An experienced and dedicated rape and or sexual assault defense lawyer in Albuquerque can help defend and protect your legal rights if you have been accused of sexual assault or rape charges.

Rape, also called criminal sexual penetration (CSP), is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse with forced or coerced penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth, by a penis or other object without the victim’s consent. The modern definition of rape goes beyond sex acts carried out by physical force, and now also includes coercion and abuse of authority, in addition to sex with person incapable of valid consent, a minor under 16, a physically or mentally incapacitated person, or someone who is unconscious or drugged.

Sex crimes, including all forms of sexual assault, are vigorously prosecuted in New Mexico, and public sentiment is not sympathetic toward the accused. All it takes is an unproved accusation to ruin your reputation and destroy your relationship with family and friends.

If you’re convicted of a sex crime, you’re facing a punishment that keeps on punishing: prison time followed by parole or even civil commitment when your sentence is complete, and for the remainder of your life, you will be required to register as a sex offender. Your name, address, charges, and photograph will be available on the Internet for anyone to see.

Professional Legal Representation when Facing Rape or Sexual Assault Charges

When you’re up against an accusation of rape or sexual assault, hiring a thoroughly experienced Albuquerque sex crimes defense attorney is the best way you can fight the charges and protect your rights, your freedom, and your standing in the community.

The lawyer you choose should have extensive experience defending against sex crime allegations, including taking cases to trial.

Defense to Rape and Sexual Assault Allegations

You may feel hopeless when you’ve been accused, and it’s your accuser’s word against yours. With the right lawyer, however, there are defenses that can potentially exonerate you:

  • Consent, if your accuser was over the legal age of consent;
  • False accusations motivated by desire for revenge or punishment, perhaps for infidelity, or to discredit a former partner in a custody battle;
  • Lack of enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you raped the person who is accusing you.

Your lawyer will conduct an examination of police procedure surrounding your arrest to ascertain if your constitutional rights were violated, which might be grounds to have the charges dismissed. Next, a detailed review of the evidence by your lawyer may reveal weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case. Depending on the circumstances, it may be in your best interest to negotiate a plea agreement with a reduced or deferred sentence. Otherwise, your sexual assault defense lawyer will continue to prepare your case for trial, where he will attempt to select an open-minded jury and present a powerful case that will reveal inconsistencies or holes in the prosecution’s case and discredit the testimony of the accuser and/or other witnesses and uncover motivations for a false accusation, attempting to create a reasonable doubt of your guilt and ultimately an acquittal.

The Right Albuquerque Sexual Assault/Rape Attorney for You

If you or someone close to you has been accused of rape or sexual assault, the stakes are too high to face without a knowledgeable, skillful, attorney committed to your rights. As soon as you are arrested or have reason to believe you’re about to be, call the New Mexico Criminal Law Offices without delay. The sooner you have us working for you, the better the chance of an outcome that works for you. Do not speak to anyone until your lawyer is present. The first meeting is free, and if you can’t afford legal fees right now, we can arrange a convenient payment plan.