Los Angeles Sexual Assault Attorneys Represent Date Rape Victims

Holding date rape offenders throughout Southern California accountable for their actions

Date rape is a particularly difficult experience, due to the relationship that often exists between the victim and the offender. Many victims find it challenging to accuse an acquaintance, a friend, or even a romantic partner of sexual assault. The attorneys of Taylor & Ring understand the complex dynamics of date rape. Our knowledgeable Los Angeles date rape lawyers provide you with the compassion you deserve and the aggression your civil claim needs. If you are a victim of date rape, do not hesitate to turn to our firm to advocate for your rights.

What is date rape?

Under the laws of California, date rape is not classified as a separate offense from general rape. The statute defines rape as nonconsensual sexual intercourse with an individual through one of the following:

  • Force
  • Threat of force
  • Duress
  • Menace
  • Fraud
  • Fear of retaliation
  • Lack of capacity

Date rape fits within this statute because it commonly occurs through duress, fear, or lack of capacity. Perpetrators often use drugs to inhibit the victim’s ability to say “no.” Substances commonly associated with date rape include:

  • Rohypnol. Also referred to as “roofies,” these relaxants dissolve clearly in liquid. Offenders often slip them into the victim’s drink undetected.
  • GHB. Also called “liquid ecstasy,” this odorless and colorless substance can also go undetected inside of a victim’s drink.

Our Los Angeles date rape attorneys help you through the difficult process of presenting the details of your case to the court. We understand how challenging this task can be, so we diligently work to provide you with supportive representation.

Advocating for date rape victims

Securing a criminal date rape conviction can prove challenging. These cases generally involve the word of the victim against the word of the accused. Without supporting evidence, the case comes down to credibility and who the court believes more. This is very frustrating for an accuser who already feels victimized by the rape. An unsuccessful criminal trial can leave him or her feeling victimized by the criminal justice system as well.

At Taylor & Ring, we recognize this frustration and offer an alternative route for holding your offender accountable. The burden of proof for a civil case is less than what criminal courts require. With the help of our capable attorneys, you may still be able to present a successful civil liability claim and collect compensatory damages for the physical and emotional injuries caused by your offender. We know that this option does not replace a criminal conviction, but it can go a long way towards helping you through the healing process.

Types of Cases We Handle

Compassionate representation for victims of rape, including:

Trust an experienced Los Angeles sexual abuse law firm with your case

If you have been the victim of date rape in Southern California, trust the attorneys of Taylor & Ring to provide you with the compassionate guidance and aggressive representation you need. Call us today at 310-209-4100 or complete our convenient contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer.

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