Facing Charges For Rape, Sexual Assault Or Statutory Rape?

Rape and sexual assault (technically called sexual battery in Ohio) are serious criminal offenses. Both involve allegations of unwanted sexual contact. Both are felonies that can land you in prison and lead to mandatory sex offender registration. And like other sex offenses, both involve a negative social stigma that can make it all the more difficult to defend against the charges.

If you're facing either of these charges, you may feel like the entire system is slanted against you. Yet you have many rights throughout the process. There may be multiple ways to gain a foothold against the state. For example, perhaps your case involves gray areas regarding:

  • Whether the alleged contact actually happened
  • Whether the victim consented
  • Whether you were reasonably mistaken about the victim's consent
  • Whether the police have the wrong perpetrator

By working with the right defense lawyer from the outset, you can maximize your opportunity to build a strong defense.

An Effective Legal Ally

At Mastandrea Law, a criminal defense firm in Cleveland, we understand how to effectively handle sex offense charges. Our attorney has spent his entire legal career defending the accused in courtrooms across northeastern Ohio. He can help you pursue your options for challenging the charges or negotiating a better outcome.

Statutory Rape: A Serious Offense

Unlike rape and sexual assault, statutory rape does not involve unwanted sexual contact. Instead, the law regards minors as incapable of consenting, depending on their age and yours. You could find yourself facing charges for:

If improperly handled, these charges could cost you your reputation and future. You may also be required to register as a sex offender. With so much at stake, you owe it to yourself to involve a lawyer as soon as possible.

Get Legal Help Today

Don't wait until it's too late to effectively fight the charges. Contact our office today at 216-773-1909 to arrange your free consultation. We provide 24/7 availability via phone.