Rape

Strong And Aggressive Defense Against Rape/GSI Charges

If you face sex crime charges, you are in for the fight of your life. In addition to the serious prison time that comes with a conviction, you will be forced to register as a sex offender. This is something no one wants. If you have been charged with a serious sex crime, make sure you work with a lawyer who understands the severity of the situation and knows how to defend you.

At my law firm, Andrew H. Stevenson, Attorney at Law, I have been providing strong defense against a range of criminal charges for my Ohio clients for more than 20 years. I have a Ph.D. in criminology and a strong background in forensic evidence, which has resulted in a strong track record of successful cases. From my Lancaster office, I represent clients throughout Fairfield County, and I focus on helping Ohio University students charged with crimes from my office in Athens.

I defend clients against sex crime charges involving:

  • Rape: Rape includes sexual conduct with someone who cannot consent or refuses consent. The inability to consent could be a result of being too young (statutory rape) or substantially impaired.
  • Child sexual misconduct: Because of the vulnerability of children, Ohio laws crack down on sexual misconduct involving children. Crimes of this nature are particularly serious and can result in life imprisonment.
  • Gross sexual imposition (GSI): GSI involves unwanted contact of a sexual nature against the will of the alleged victim, whether by force, threat of force, drugs intended to limit the alleged victim's ability to resist, etc. GSI is a lesser included offense of rape, but is a serious offense.
  • Date rape: Date rape is one of the most common types of rape charges, quite common on college campuses.

A person convicted of a sex offense is required to register as a sex offender. This is one of the worst and longest-lasting penalties someone faces as a result of a conviction. Being on the sex offender registry makes it difficult to find a decent job and finding a decent place to live is often impossible. You may be restricted in where you can go or with whom you may associate. In many ways, the sex offender registry means your life as you know it is over. I will use every resource available to keep that from happening in your case.

To successfully defend against false allegations of rape/gross sexual imposition (GSI), it is imperative that the case be thoroughly investigated. One must talk with witnesses, consider the nature and circumstances of the "initial disclosure," and find the reasons behind the false accusations. This is why I use the investigative services of Stan Molnar. Together, we work tirelessly to build the strongest defense possible. We recognize and take seriously the fact that the rest of your life is at stake.