Rape, Sexual Assault

False rape accusations are as old as the Bible
False rape accusations are as old as the Bible: Poitphar's wife falsely accuses Joseph of rape in this classic scene. Genesis 39.
It’s never been more politically dangerous to be male in America. Nowhere is this more true than in the context of rape accusations. Winston Churchill once said that “a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on in the morning.” It’s the same with false date rape accusations. Also known as “acquaintance rape” or “sexual assault”, these have a way of mutating into bigger problems if you do not get out in front of them hard and fast.

In my experience as a Chicago rape lawyer since 2005, these accusations involve more intentionally false claims than any other area of law. Using the power of aggressive investigation, I have protected the freedom and reputation of many boys and men falsely accused of rape. But, we were only able to prove these claims were false by immediate action to secure evidence proving their innocence.

Forget “innocent until proven guilty”; if you are accused of rape, there is an unwritten rule that you have to prove your innocence rather than the accuser prove your guilt.

If you’re being falsely accused of date rape or sexual assault, your accuser, law enforcement and prosecutors are already several steps ahead of you; here’s what you need to know:

  • Immediate and massive action is crucial to winning date rape cases. Subpoenas to phone company CEO’s, interviewing witnesses, obtaining hotel key card information or securing video before it is destroyed...these are all actual examples of ways I’ve helped dismantle and ultimately dismiss the false rape accusations,
  • The stakes are high. Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault is punishable by 6-30 years. It is non-probationable and there is lifetime registration as a sex offender if you plead, or are found, guilty, 720 ILCS 5/11-1.30(a)(1) & (2),
  • False date rape accusations are beatable. I have personally handled to successful completion many such accusations in my time as a Chicago rape lawyer. These cases are beatable, but it takes a special type of lawyer to appreciate the unique urgency of these cases.

Immediately going on the offense pays vast dividends in negotiations with the prosecutor or at trial. That text message, video or witness statement that shows the sex was consensual, must be searched for and seized immediately.

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Police Are Contacting Me… What Should I Do?

Make no statements to law enforcement. In general, Chicago rape investigators sincerely want to prosecute only truthful cases of sexual assault. The problem is that you don’t understand the controlling legal standards. If you speak with police you may, and probably will, innocently say something that is misinterpreted. 99% of the time, you have nothing to gain and everything to lose by talking with police about your case.

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Let’s Have a Conversation

You’ve done your research, now it’s time to set up a defense. Every Chicago rape cases is unique, but the one thing that is true about all of them is the sooner we talk the better. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking advantage of my free and confidential 15-minute consultation. Call me at 312.396.4112 or contact me online.

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