The rape case involving the Duke University lacrosse players is but one illustration of how easy it can be for an alleged rape or sexual assault victim to concoct a story and have a prosecutor run with it, even without credible evidence of a crime. False or exaggerated accusations occur with some regularity, and in such cases, it is important for the accused to seek the immediate counsel of an experienced defense attorney.

In fact, it is in the best interest of anyone who has been charged with a sex crime such as rape to consult a defense attorney as soon as possible. Rape and similar sex charges often carry significant penalties as well as a negative social stigma. To schedule a consultation with an attorney near you, click here.

Legal Definitions of Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape is defined as forced (non-consenting) sexual intercourse and includes vaginal, anal, or oral penetration. The penetration maybe by a body part or by an object, and the intercourse may be forced through threats or physical means. Sexual assault is defined as unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or attempted rape; unwanted sexual touching and fondling are considered sexual assault. The details of rape and sexual assault laws vary from state to state, but these basics are the same across the country.

Get Legal Help Now

If you are under investigation for, have been arrested for, have been charged with, or have been falsely convicted of:

  • Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Date rape, also known as acquaintance rape
  • Sexual assault, or
  • Molestation,

You need an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can provide the representation needed to clear your name and your record.


If you’re facing a false rape accusation, don’t :

  • run
  • speak to the police or a prosecutor without your lawyer at your side
  • get emotional or angry in the police/prosecutor’s presence
  • resist arrest
  • try to explain away the accusation
  • believe what the police tell you
  • let the police inside your home or vehicle

Contact a Rape Defense Lawyer

Contact a qualified rape-defense attorney or law firm as soon as possible. Help your attorney help you—prepare for a consultation with your lawyer by assembling the facts of the matter, on paper if possible.