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Rape

Rape is perhaps the most serious type of sex crime a person can be accused of in Ohio. Even mere allegations of rape can immediately impact an alleged offender’s relationships with his or her friends, family, and co-workers.

Rape is a felony offense that is aggressively prosecuted in Cincinnati, and convictions can result in steep consequences that may include lengthy prison sentences and steep fines. People who are convicted of rape can also be required to register as sex offenders for life.

Lawyer for Rape Arrests in Cincinnati, OH

If you think that you might be under investigation or you have already been arrested in Hamilton County for an alleged rape, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel. Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends clients accused of sex crimes in Miamitown, Norwood, Springdale, Sycamore, Anderson, Bridgetown, Delhi, Green, Harrison, and many surrounding areas of southwest Ohio.

Cincinnati criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn can investigate the circumstances of your case and work to possibly get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed. He can review your case and discuss all of your legal options with you as soon as you call (513) 399-6289 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


Ohio Rape Crimes Information Center


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Rape Charges in Hamilton County

Ohio Revised Code § 2907.02 establishes that a person commits rape when he or she engages in sexual conduct with another person when the alleged offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force. An alleged offender also commits rape if he or she engages in sexual conduct with another person who is not the spouse of the alleged offender or who is the spouse of the alleged offender but is living separate and apart from the alleged offender, when any of the following applies:

  • For the purpose of preventing resistance, the alleged offender substantially impairs the other person's judgment or control by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance to the other person surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception;
  • The other person is less than 13 years of age, whether or not the alleged offender knows the age of the other person; or
  • The other person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age, and the alleged offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the other person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.

An alleged victim does not need to prove physical resistance to the alleged offender in any prosecutions for rape. Evidence of specific instances of an alleged victim's sexual activity, opinion evidence of the victim's sexual activity, and reputation evidence of the victim's sexual activity cannot be admitted unless it involves evidence of the origin of semen, pregnancy, or disease, or the victim's past sexual activity with the offender, and only to the extent that the court finds that the evidence is material to a fact at issue in the case and that its inflammatory or prejudicial nature does not outweigh its probative value.


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Rape Penalties in Cincinnati

Rape is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000. If an alleged offender commits rape by impairing the other person's judgment or control by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance to the other person surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception, a conviction can be punishable by a minimum of five years in prison.

If an alleged victim is less than 13 years of age, a conviction can result in a term of life imprisonment. If an alleged offender accused of raping an alleged victim less than 13 years of age has been previous convicted of or pleaded guilty to violating Ohio Revised Code § 2907.02(A)(1)(b) or to violating an existing or former law of this state, another state, or the United States that is substantially similar to Ohio Revised Code § 2907.02(A)(1)(b), the alleged offender during or immediately after the commission of the offense caused serious physical harm to the alleged victim, or the alleged victim is less than 10 years of age, the court can sentence the alleged offender to a term of life without parole.


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Ohio Resources for Rape Offenses

Women Helping Women — Women Helping Women is a nonprofit organization providing rape crisis services to victims in Butler County and Hamilton County. The organization also provides sexual assault services in Preble County, Brown County, and Adams County. On this website, you can learn more about the types of services Women Helping Women offers, the organization’s history, and upcoming events.

Women Helping Women
215 E. 9th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-5610

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) — RAINN is the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States. It created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country. On this website, you can learn more about sexual assault, including local laws, types of sexual violence, and the effects of sexual violence.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Cincinnati Rape Defense Attorney

Were you arrested or do you believe that you could be under investigation for an alleged rape anywhere in Hamilton County? Even if you are completely confident that you are innocent, you should still not say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact Joslyn Law Firm today.

Brian Joslyn is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Cincinnati who represents individuals all over southwest Ohio, including Reading, Springfield, Symmes, Blue Ash, Colerain, Forest Park, Miami, Montgomery, and several surrounding communities. Call (513) 399-6289 or fill out an online contact form to have our attorney provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.


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