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.

While rape is a serious crime, there are many possible defenses that may apply—and it will take a skilled attorney to get the charges dismissed or reduce the penalties in your case. Don’t let rape charges ruin your future! Our criminal defense attorneys can fight the allegations against you and represent your interests in court. Call The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams at (513) 929-9333 today for your free case evaluation.


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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