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Rape

Few sexual offenses are prosecuted as aggressively as rape. People accused of these crimes can be sentenced to very lengthy prison terms and have their lives dramatically altered.

While every person accused of a crime is entitled to a presumption of innocence, individuals who are accused of rape can often feel as though friends, family, and co-workers have already judged them guilty. Alleged offenders in these cases need legal counsel familiar with these matters in order to expose false or exaggerated allegations.

Lawyer for Rape Arrests in Raleigh, NC

Do you think that you could be under investigation or were you already arrested in the Research Triangle area for an alleged rape? Even if you are completely confident in your innocence, do not say anything to authorities until you have contacted the Coolidge Law Firm.

Raleigh criminal defense attorney David Coolidge aggressively defends clients accused of sex crimes in communities throughout Wake County, including Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Apex, Cary, and Fuquay-Varina. Our firm also represents students at such local colleges as Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Shaw University, and Duke University. You can have our lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (919) 239-8448 to schedule a free initial consultation.


North Carolina Rape Offense Information Center


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Rape Charges in Wake County

State law in North Carolina establishes two different degrees of rape. An alleged offender commits second-degree forcible rape under North Carolina General Statute § 14-27.22 if that person engages in vaginal intercourse with an alleged victim either:

Second-degree forcible rape is a Class C felony. An alleged offender commits first-degree forcible rape under North Carolina General Statute § 14-27.21 if that person engages in vaginal intercourse with another person by force and against the will of the alleged victim, and does any of the following:

First-degree forcible rape is a Class B1 felony. A person convicted of second-degree or first-degree forcible rape has no rights to custody of or rights of inheritance from any child born as a result of the commission of the rape, nor shall the alleged offender have any rights related to the child under Chapter 48 or Subchapter 1 of Chapter 7B of the North Carolina General Statutes.


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Rape Penalties in Raleigh

Under North Carolina’s “structured sentencing” method of sentencing and punishing criminals, alleged offenders are classified based on the severity of their crimes and on the extent and gravity of their prior criminal records. Lesser degrees of felony may result in lesser punishments such as intermediate or community punishments, but all rape offenses are punishable by active punishments—meaning that convictions result in prison time.

The prior criminal records of alleged offenders are assigned a point value that determines their “prior record level score” that can increase the lengths of sentences. Sentencing ranges are further staggered by mitigated ranges for cases with more mitigating factors, aggravated ranges for cases with more aggravating factors, and presumptive ranges for cases with an equal amount of or no mitigating factors and aggravating factors.

Alleged offenders accused of second-degree or first-degree forcible rape could face the following ranges of possible prison sentences:

 

Prior Record Level I
(0-1 point)

Prior Record Level II
(2-5 points)

Prior Record Level III
(6-9 points)

Prior Record Level IV
(10-13 points)

Prior Record Level V
(14-17 points)

Prior Record Level VI
(18+ points)

Class B1

Active

Active

Active

Active

Active

Active

Aggravated

240–300 months

276-345 months

317-397 months

365-456 months

Life Without Parole

Life Without Parole

Presumptive

192-240 months

221-276 months

254-317 months

292-365 months

336-420 months

386-483 months

Mitigated

144-192 months

166-221 months

190-254 months

219-292 months

252-336 months

290-386 months

Class C

Active

Active

Active

Active

Active

Active

Aggravated

73-92 months

83-104 months

96-120 months

110-138 months

127-159 months

146-182 months

Presumptive

58-73 months

67-83 months

77-96 months

88-110 months

101-127 months

117-146 months

Mitigated

44-58 months

50-67 months

58-77 months

66-88 months

76-101 months

87-117 months


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North Carolina Resources for Rape Crimes

North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NC DPS) | Rape Victim Assistance Program
Visit this section of the DPS website to learn more about the Rape Victim Assistance Program. You can find all of the requirements as well as answers to frequently asked questions. You can also find provider information and information about crime victim compensation.

Department of Public Safety
512 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 733-7974

InterAct of Wake County, North Carolina — InterAct is a private nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of rape and other sexual offenses. On this website, you can learn more about the services InterAct provides. In the website’s library section, you can access various reference materials relating to rape, sexual assault, and other offenses.

InterAct's Family Safety & Empowerment Center
1012 Oberlin Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 828-7501


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The Coolidge Law Firm | Raleigh Rape Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of any kind of alleged rape offense in the Research Triangle, it will be in your best interest to make sure you have legal counsel before making any kind of statement to authorities. The Coolidge Law Firm fights to protect the rights of individuals in Wake Forest, Wendell, Zebulon, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, and many other surrounding areas of Wake County.

David Coolidge is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Raleigh who also helps students accused of sex crimes at such institutions of higher learning in the area as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech), and William Peace University. Call (919) 239-8448 or submit an online contact form to have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.


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