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Washington DC Rape and Sexual Assault Lawyer

A sexual assault or rape charge is a very serious matter with life-altering consequences. If you have been accused of a sex crime, it is imperative you seek the counsel of an experienced rape/sexual assault attorney in Washington DC.

At Boyle and Jasari, our criminal defense team understands the life-long impact convictions of sexual assault or rape can have on your future. There are varying degrees of sexual offenses, each with unique sentencing requirements. Penalties often include time in prison, payment of fines, and an obligation to register as a sex offender for ten years to life. A skilled rape or sexual assault lawyer in Washington DC can advocate on your behalf and guide you through the complex nature of the investigation and court process.

Our firm is here to discuss your case at length and strategize the best way to move forward with your defense. Contact the office of Boyle and Jasari, today for an evaluation of your case by our Washington DC rape and sexual assault lawyers. Contact us or call (202) 860-3007.

Why Choose Boyle and Jasari?

When you stand accused of a serious sex crime, every aspect of your life is affected. Therefore, it is important to act quickly to protect your reputation, career, family, wealth, and freedom.

Mounting a good defense relies heavily on the skill and experience of your Washington DC criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Dennis Boyle has tried over 200 jury trials to verdict. As a former prosecutor, he has a unique perspective and can provide valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a case.

Attorney Dennis Boyle’s approach consists of listening to and understanding his clients, developing case facts, interviewing witnesses, and retaining investigators and other experts to persuade state or federal prosecutors to dismiss the charges.

If the case must proceed to trial, Attorney Dennis Boyle has extensive experience practicing law throughout the United States and many international courts.

Among his notable achievements, Attorney Dennis Boyle has received;

  • The Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney’s Award
  • The American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit
  • Listed in Washington DC’s Super Lawyers since 2011.

The Benefits of Having a Skilled Washington DC Rape and Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer

Sexual assault matters are far from simple. The complexity of a case largely depends on a number of variables, including;

  • Whether or not consent was given
  • The presence of DNA or other physical evidence
  • The recollection of witnesses around the time of the alleged assault
  • If there was an established relationship between the accuser and accused

Often, cases come down to the word of the accuser and the accused. Sexual assault case law is intricate and needs a knowledgeable Washington DC sexual assault and rape attorney.

Since every sexual assault/rape allegation is different and has a unique set of circumstances, an attorney will need to carefully review the prosecution’s case to determine the best course of action. Expert counsel may be able to have your case dismissed, argue against certain evidence be introduced at trial, and provide other methods of mitigating the charges.

Attorney Dennis Boyle is a seasoned criminal defense attorney with over a decade’s worth of prosecution experience. If you have been charged with a sex crime, his unique perspective on how the prosecution operates and builds a case can be crucial to your defense.

Washington DC Definitions of Sexual Assault and Rape

In the District of Columbia, the term “rape” is not included in charges for sexually related crimes. Instead, there are specific degrees of sexual abuse.

First Degree Sexual Abuse:

The highest degree of sexual abuse is First Degree. If a person forcefully engages another in a sex act or causes a person to submit to a sexual act by threat of harm or death, instilling fear, injury, kidnapping, or causing unconsciousness by a drug, intoxicant, substance, or knocking them unconscious.

Second Degree Sexual Abuse:

In second-degree sexual abuse, force is not used. However, the threat or reasonable fear of danger is present. It also applies if the victim is knowingly unable or incapable of giving consent; for instance, they are inebriated or unconscious.

Third Degree Sexual Abuse:

Third-degree sexual abuse involves sexual contact as opposed to a sexual act. Sexual contact consists of touching with or without clothing with a sexual, humiliating, harassing, or degrading intent through force or forced unconsciousness.

Fourth Degree Sexual Abuse

Fourth-degree sexual abuse also involves sexual contact where a person is incapable or unable to give consent.

Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse

While the above degrees of sexual abuse are considered felonies, misdemeanor sexual abuse is when a person engages someone in a sex act or sexual contact knowingly without permission.

What Are the Penalties for Sexual Abuse in Washington DC?

Penalties for sexual abuse vary with the degree of sexual abuse charged. For example, First Degree Sexual Abuse can have a sentence of up to 30 years in prison with a $250,000 fine. If the circumstances are considered aggravated and caused serious bodily injury, the defendant can face life in prison.

The penalties for sexual abuse include;

  • Second Degree Sexual Abuse carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $200,000.
  • Third Degree Sexual Abuse carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $100,000.
  • Fourth Degree Sexual Abuse imposes a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
  • A Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse conviction can impose a 180-day sentence in prison with a $1,000 fine.

Whether you are charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse or Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse, the charges can have a dramatic impact on your life and deserve serious representation. It is vital to speak with a District of Columbia sexual assault attorney immediately to protect your rights.

Contact Boyle and Jasari To Protect Your Rights

Attorney Dennis Boyle has decades of experience in complex legal matters. If you are the target of sexual assault/rape allegations, the potential consequences will have a profound effect on your future.

At Boyle and Jasari, our Washington DC rape/sexual assault defense lawyers understand the dire circumstances you are facing. We have the compassion to understand your side, the expertise to thoroughly investigate your case, and will advocate on your behalf with an aggressive criminal defense.

The skilled staff at Boyle and Jasari, may mean the difference between your freedom and spending years in prison. When your reputation, wealth, career, family, and future are on the line, call Attorney Dennis Boyle today for a consultation of your case. You can contact the office via our online contact form or by calling (202) 860-3007.