Sex crimes have been prosecuted and penalized with more tenacity than ever before in recent years. This is perhaps no more apparent than in cases involving the alleged drugging of a person for sexual intercourse.
In Massachusetts, you can be charged with a federal crime and a form of rape if you have sexual intercourse with someone who is under the influence of a drug or alcohol. By the legal definition of the crime, it must be proven that you intended to “stupefy” or “overpower” the alleged victim due to the use of a drug and/or alcohol. For many cases, intent comes down to one person’s argument against the other. They may argue you that your actions, behaviors, and statements show you intended to have sexual intercourse with them while they were in a vulnerable state.
If you are convicted of a sex crime involving an unconscious or incoherent victim, the penalties could include:
- Extensive sentence in federal prison
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Restitution paid to victim for proven damages
- Mandatory sex offender registration
Perhaps most concerning, a judge can impose a minimum sentence of 10 years for drug-related rape convictions. You could lose a significant portion of your life and freedom due to a single conviction based on one person’s story against yours!
Protect Your Future from an Overzealous Criminal Justice System
Have you been accused of rape or sexual assault against a drugged person? Come to Brad Bailey Law and the firm’s team of Boston criminal defense lawyers, led by the award-winning Attorney Brad Bailey. In recent years, Brad and his firm have been able to secure several not guilty verdicts in high stakes, newsworthy rape cases for their clients. In fact, Brad has personally defended thousands of state-level criminal cases and more than 300 federal cases, with more than 100 trials managed in superior and federal courts. There is no one in Massachusetts with the experiences and insight as Attorney Brad Bailey.
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