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Rape is a crime of forced sexual assault. It is defined different state by state, but almost universally classified as a felony. It is punishable by imprisonment and court-mandated psychological counseling.
Further, persons convicted of rape are required to register with state and federal sexual offender rosters, where their home, work, and school locations are tracked and kept up to date.
If you have been charged with rape, it is advisable that you retain legal counsel. Your freedom is in jeopardy and as a convicted sexual offender you may face community disapproval and ostracism.
An experienced rape defense attorney can: