Being accused of rape in Los Angeles County is extremely serious. Under California Penal Code Section 261(a), you face harsh consequences if you are convicted of this crime. In fact, the punishment and negative stigma of a rape conviction will likely follow you for the rest of your life. But it doesn’t have to.
If you are facing rape charges in Los Angeles, you need to speak to an experienced rape lawyer immediately so that you can avoid these severe penalties.
What to Do if You are Charged with Rape in Los Angeles
If you are arrested for rape in Los Angeles, you will be taken into custody. The first thing you need to know is that you should not post bail. The bail will probably be set at $100,000 for each count alleged. If you hire a bail bondsman, you will be forced to pay 10% of that fee. However, an experienced rape defense attorney may be able to have the bail reduced or waived, or give you access to a lower bail bond fee. You will waste thousands of dollars if you do not speak to an attorney before posting bail.
The next step will be your first court appearance, called the arraignment. At the arraignment, you will be formally informed of the charges against you. Then, you will be required to enter a plea. You can plea guilty, not guilty or “no contest.”
This will mark the official start of the court process. However, it is important that you do not wait until the arraignment to hire an attorney to represent you. An aggressive lawyer will be proactive before the first court appearance and attempt to get the district attorney to drop or reduce the charges against you. Additionally, your attorney may be able to work out a favorable plea deal with the district attorney that helps you avoid serious punishment.
Your attorney will also work in conjunction with a private investigator to start interviewing any possible witnesses, including the alleged victim. Lastly, the attorney will be with you to help you throughout the entire process, as this can be a very strenuous and difficult process to go through alone.
Call the Los Angeles Rape Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
Being charged with rape is confusing and scary, which is why you need the help of a skilled Los Angeles rape attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have been successfully defending clients accused of rape for over 30 years. We’ve helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.
With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, West Covina, Sherman Oaks, Torrance and Victorville, our experienced rape lawyers are available to help you no matter where you work or live.
Call (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation with one our skilled lawyers. We will get through this together.