Defending rape allegations

Contesting a rape allegation can be extremely difficult and it is essential that you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity if you have been falsely accused. Our solicitors recognise the distress caused by such an allegation and will deal with your case in an understanding and confidential manner, for specialist advice call 0203 816 1098.

Due to the severity of a rape allegation rape cases are always dealt with in the Crown Court. In the most serious of cases convictions can carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, although, any person found guilty of rape will be given a significant prison sentence.

Investigating an allegation of rape

The most common issues in a rape case are firstly determining whether the act did in fact take place, and secondly if the act was consensual. The issue of consent is extremely important in determining a verdict. However, establishing whether the sexual relationship was consented to can be difficult and can be affected by several factors.

To be found guilty the defendant must not have reasonably believed that consent was given. When determining whether consent was given prosecutors will consider if the claimant had the capacity to give consent which will depend on age, mental capacity and the influence of drugs or alcohol on the ability to make an informed decision. They will also consider if the claimant was able to make the choice freely without constraint.

Rape allegations can seriously damage your reputation, ruin personal relationships and put your career at risk and so it is important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Our team of criminal justice solicitors are recommended by the Legal 500 and can help you to contest a false rape allegation. Call a member of our team on 0203 816 1098 or fill in an online enquiry form and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

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