Rape Law Book With Gavel and Scales of JusticeRape accusations can have a permanent affect on your life. You may feel like you are under suspicion by your family and friends, and are not sure where to turn for help. Our law firm has successfully defended countless cases like yours, and can work to protect your future after an allegation of sexual assault.

Penalties for Sexual Assault in Kentucky

Not all rape cases involve violent acts or force against a victim. Under Kentucky law, a person can be charged with rape if they engaged in non-consensual sexual activity with another person—in other words, the defendant did not have, or could not legally obtain, the other person’s consent.

There are three legal degrees to rape

  • Third Degree. If you engaged on sexual activity with an individual who is less than 18 years old (statutory rape), who was unable to consent due to lack of mental ability (including unconsciousness), or used your position of authority to engage in sexual activity, you may be charged with third-degree sexual assault. This is a Class D felony, and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
  • Second Degree. Any sexual activity with a person who is less than 14 years old or is unable to consent due to lack of mental ability is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
  • First Degree. Sexual activity with someone who is being forced against their will or who is physically vulnerable is a Class B Felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. If the victim was less than 12 years old, or if the victim sustained a serious physical injury in the attack, the charge is automatically categorized as a Class A felony and carries a sentence of 20 or more years in prison if convicted.

Are you or someone you know facing criminal charges? 

If you are facing criminal charges, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is one of U.S. News' Best Law Firms.  Please contact us online or call our Cincinnati office directly at 513-929-9333 to schedule your free consultation. 


Steven R. Adams
Steven R. Adams was a criminal defense lawyer dedicated to DUI, OVI, and criminal defense in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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