4 Things You Need to Know if You’re Facing Marital Rape Charges
As of 1993, marital rape is a crime in all 50 states, with consequences in some states much stricter than others. In California, spousal or marital rape is a felony, which can result in serious penalties. If your spouse has accused you of committing marital rape, you need to know the following:
- Under California law, marital rape can actually result in charges similar to the combination of rape and domestic violence charges.
- There are serious consequences for a marital rape conviction. You could spend more than a decade in prison for these charges alone and also be fined up to $10,000. You may be entered into the sex offender registry for life.
- It’s often difficult to fight these charges, as they can be “he-said, she-said” cases, but many people are automatically suspicious of men accused of taking advantage of their wives in this way.
- In order to get a conviction, the prosecutor must prove that you used force or fear to coerce your spouse into sexual activity.
Spousal rape is a serious crime, and even if you are not actually convicted, you may face several challenges in your life due to these charges being associated with your name.
Anyone could end up in the position of having to defend themselves against marital rape charges. It’s very unlikely, however, that you will get the best possible outcome of your case without an experienced San Jose criminal attorney defending you. Call the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., at (408) 296-4100 to get started on your case today.