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Rape Defense Lawyer in Minnesota

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. No matter what you’ve been accused of committing, you deserve a robust defense that explains your side of the story. Contact us online to schedule an evaluation with one of our rape defense lawyers today.

Being arrested for rape does not mean you are guilty. However, that knowledge doesn’t make the charge any less frightening or any less disastrous for your personal and professional life.

But here’s the reality: Police officers make mistakes; stories change. People get mixed up and succumb to prejudice. There are many reasons you may have been charged with rape when you didn’t commit it. The important thing to remember is that you have rights, so protect them.

If you’ve been charged with rape, you may be feeling ashamed, angry or confused. You may want to hide from the world, to just accept a public defender and whatever punishment the court throws your way. Doing so would be a huge mistake.

At Toepfer at Law, we’ve seen clients on the worst days of their lives. We’ve seen people who are so defeated by their charges that they want to give up. However, we’ve also seen those same people turn their lives around and save their future.

If you or a loved one were charged with rape, you don’t have to navigate the legal system alone. Our compassionate, knowledgeable attorneys are ready to help you find a way forward. Give us a call at (320) 497-4416 to schedule a free consultation with one of our legal experts today.

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Understanding Minnesota Rape Laws

If you’ve been accused of rape in Minnesota, there are a few things you need to understand about how the State views and prosecutes sex crimes. The legal term for both rape and sexual assault in Minnesota is actually “criminal sexual conduct.” The State divides this charge into the five categories according to degree and uses two of them to charge rape.

Forcible rape—sexual penetration by force or threat of force—is typically charged as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is the most serious sex crime in Minnesota. It’s important to note that the use of physical force is not necessary in order to get a guilty verdict; instilling fear in the victim is enough.

In cases where the defendant used force but didn’t injure the victim, the rape could be charged as third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Regardless of whether the defendant is convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the first or third degree, the punishment is likely to be severe.

Penalties for Rape Convictions in Minnesota

Each degree of criminal sexual conduct presents a variety of scenarios than can affect a defendant’s sentence. The following are maximum penalties for criminal sexual conduct in the first and third degree:

  • First-degree. 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine
  • Third-degree: 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine

After their prison sentence, an offender convicted of rape enters a period of conditional release that may last years or even their lifetime. Mandated treatment programs will likely accompany their conditional release.

Consequences of a Rape Conviction in Minnesota

Even after serving prison time, paying fines and submitting to conditional release and mandated treatment programs, people convicted of rape will continue to face consequences for their crimes. In addition to having to register as a predatory offender, rape convicts will lose the following privileges:

  • The right to possess a firearm. Criminal sexual conduct in every degree but fifth is considered a crime of violence. Being convicted of a crime of violence results in the automatic revocation of your right to own a gun, even for hunting purposes.
  • The right to vote. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote or serve on a jury.
  • U.S. residence. Conviction of criminal sexual conduct can result in deportation for both undocumented immigrants and lawful permanent residents.
  • Certain professional licenses. If convicted of criminal sexual conduct, you will probably lose whatever professional license you earned previously.
  • Ownership of your property. Your property may be subject to forfeiture if you used it or intended to use it to commit or allow others to commit certain criminal sexual acts.

In addition to these considerable losses, rape convicts often face alienation from their peers, family members and friends. They may struggle to find employment due to their record and may not be allowed to live where they want.

Contact Toepfer at Law to Fight for You

Rape is one of the most serious, aggressively prosecuted crimes in Minnesota. The stigma surrounding rape charges can render you guilty in the public’s eye before your trial even begins. That’s why it’s essential to hire the best rape defense lawyer you can find.

Defending a rape charge is hard; special rules apply to evidence that can be used. Not every criminal defense lawyer is capable of winning against tough criminal sexual conduct allegations or convincing a jury of their client’s innocence.

If you or a loved one have been charged with rape, don’t settle for just any attorney—make sure the lawyer you hire has a proven track record of winning cases like yours. When the stakes are this high, doing due diligence is the least you owe yourself.

At Toepfer at Law, we do everything we can to protect our clients from unfair stigma and prejudice when they’re yet to be found guilty. If you’re searching for an experienced legal expert to advocate for your future, we’re here to listen. Give us a call at (320) 497-4416 to get started.

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Toepfer at Law

11 Seventh Ave N Suite 203
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

Phone (320) 497-4416 Fax (320) 295-7813
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