Rape is an extremely serious crime in California. As with other sex crimes, inmates accused or convicted of rape are oftentimes taunted, harassed, violently assaulted and even killed while in custody. Some inmates will seek to impart “vigilante justice” on persons accused of rape.
If convicted of rape, you may face up to eight years in a state penitentiary, up to five additional years if the rape involved great bodily injury and a fine of up to $10,000. A rape conviction also carries horrible post-incarceration consequences, including registration as a sex offender (under Cal. Pen. Code §290). Additionally, a rape conviction is a “strike” under the Three Strikes Law.
It has been our experience that many persons accused of this crime are the victims of false allegations. Many times, a rape accusation is preceded by a fallout in a relationship or other circumstance that breeds resentment in the accusing party, causing them to lie about the accused.
But there is hope.
Why Choose Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, To Defend You Against A Rape Charge?
We are experienced and aggressive Torrance criminal defense lawyers and will use any and all available defenses to protect you against a conviction. We have over 60 combined years of experience defending persons accused of rape and other sex crimes. Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and will utilize his specialized knowledge and experience to benefit our clients in their cases.
Mr. Ernenwein is certified as a criminal law specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers for a number of years and has appeared as a legal analyst on multiple cable news programs, including Fox News.
We understand the anxiety and concern that a criminal charge or accusation can create. That’s why our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, one of our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers can meet with you on a Saturday or Sunday.
If you have been charged with rape, call us at 424-552-3901 or email us immediately for a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located minutes away from the Torrance Courthouse, and we represent clients there on a daily basis as well as in other courts throughout Southern California.