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Rape Defense Lawyers in Chattanooga

Fighting Serious Sex Crime Charges

Rape is one of the most serious violent crimes; even a rape accusation can alter your life forever. As such, if you are charged with or accused of rape, you need immediate assistance from a proven criminal defense lawyer. Even if you believe you are merely under investigation for rape, it’s important that you seek an attorney who can protect you against the aggressive tactics of law enforcement and potential media exposure.

At Speek, Turner & Newkirk PLLC, our team of Chattanooga rape defense lawyers understands the grave consequences that a conviction can have on your freedom, your social and family relationships, and your entire future. You deserve the most effective defense available—that is your legal right, and our firm is here to work tirelessly in that effort. No matter your specific charges, our defense attorneys are ready to put 70+ years of combined legal experience on your side.

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Penalties for Rape Charges

Penalties for rape convictions will depend on the type of felony the accused is charged with. Felony charges can range from the most serious, which is a Class A felony, to the lowest level, which is a Class E felony. Prison sentences can range from life in prison without the possibility of parole for the aggravated rape of a child, which is a Class A felony, to one to six years in prison and a fine up to $3,000 for a Class E felony charge of sexual battery or statutory rape.

Along with time behind bars, you will face mandatory sex offender registration if you are convicted. This will affect where you can live and work, along with other restrictions. The registry will expose your identity to the public and create a social stigma against you that is incredibly difficult to overcome.

We Know the System & How to Fight Back

When fighting any kind of rape charge, you are essentially fighting for your life. Such a serious situation calls for a powerful legal strategy. When you turn to Speek, Turner & Newkirk PLLC, you will have the combined effort of our entire criminal defense team. Our Chattanooga rape defense attorneys work directly with you and together in order to develop solid defense tactics aimed at protecting you and your future.

Understanding Rape Charges in Tennessee

Tennessee law categorizes many types of rape, all of which are charged as felonies. These include:

  • Rape, through coercion or force, done against the alleged victim’s will, or through fraud
  • Aggravated rape, through coercion, force, a weapon, causing bodily injury, or with the help of another person
  • Statutory rape, where the victim is 13 or 14 and the accused is 4 to 10 years older or where the victim is 15 to 17 years old and the accused is 5 to 10 years older
  • Mitigated statutory rape, where the victim is 15 to 17 years old and the accused is a minimum of four to five years older
  • Aggravated statutory rape, where the victim is 13 to 17 years old and the accused is 10 years older
  • Statutory rape by an authority figure, where the victim is 13 to 17 years old and the accused is at least four years older and holds a position of trust or supervision
  • Child rape, where the victim is 4 to 12 years old
  • Aggravated child rape, where the victim is three years old or less

Tennessee also outlines sexual battery crimes, which can include aggravated sexual battery, as well as sexual battery by an authority figure.

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