Sexual Assault & Rape Defense Lawyer

Columbus Rape Defense Attorney -- False Sex Abuse Allegations

Rape is a first degree felony offense in Ohio and is found in O.R.C. 2907.02. To be convicted of rape, the State of Ohio prosecutor's must prove a defendant "engaged in sexual conduct with another by purposely compelling submission by force or threat of force".

Ohio law classifies Rape if an offender "engaged in sexual conduct with another person if the offender substantially impairs the alleged victim's judgment or control by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance surreptitiously or by force, threat of force, or deception."

If an alleged victim is under the age of 13, any sexual conduct is rape. Lastly, if an offender engages in sexual conduct and if an alleged victim's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of mental or physical conditions or because of advanced age and the offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the victim's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired by such a condition or advanced age then the offender is guilty of rape.

Ohio law mandates life in prison without parole if the victim was under 10 years old or if the offender has a previous conviction of a similar offense or if the offender caused serious physical harm to the victim.

Learn More About Ohio's Rape Penalty Sentencing Here.

  • Ohio Revised Code
  • Level
  • Summary
  • Sentencing Range
  • Where Sentencing Guidance Located
  • With SVP Specification (2941.148)
  • Where Sexually Violent Predator Sentencing Guidance Located
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(a)
  • F1
  • Administer drug/intoxicant surreptitiously or by force
  • 3 to 11 years
  • 2929.14(A)(1)
  • 10 to life
  • 2971.03(A)(3)(d)(ii)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(a)
  • F1
  • Administer scheduled controlled substance (3719.41)
  • Minimum of 5 years, up to 11
  • 2907.02(B)
  • 10 to life
  • 2971.03(A)(3)(d)(ii)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(b)
  • If defendant was less than 16 at the time of the offense, and did not cause serious physical harm to victim, and victim was 10 or older, and no similar conviction
  • 3 to 11 years
  • 2907.02(B) and 2929.14(A)(1)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(b)
  • F1
  • Under 13
  • 10 to life
  • 2971.03(B)(1)(a)
  • 25 to life
  • 2971.03(A)(3)(d)(i)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(b)
  • F1
  • Under 13 & prior (A)(1)(b) conviction or similar offense in another state
  • 25 to life or Life without parole
  • 2971.03(B)(1)(c) 2907.02(B)
  • Mandatory life without parole
  • 2971.03(A)(2)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(b)
  • F1
  • Under 13 and caused serious physical harm to the victim during or immediately after the commission of the offense
  • 25 to life or Life without parole
  • 2971.03(B)(1)(c) 2907.02(B)
  • Mandatory life without parole
  • 2971.03(A)(2)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(b)
  • F1
  • Under 10
  • 15 to life or Life without parole
  • 2971.03(B)(1)(b) 2907.02(B)
  • Mandatory life without parole
  • 2971.03(A)(2)
  • F1
  • Under 13 and force/threat
  • 25 to life
  • 2971.03(B)(1)(c)
  • Mandatory life without parole
  • 2971.03(A)(2)
  • 2907.02 (A)(1)(c)
  • F1
  • Ability to resist impaired by mental or physical condition
  • 3 to 11 years
  • 2929.14(A)(1)
  • 10 to life
  • 2971.03(A)(3)(d)(ii)
  • 2907.02 (A)(2)
  • F1
  • By force or threat
  • 3 to 11 years
  • 2929.14(A)(1)
  • 10 to life
  • 2971.03(A)(3)(d)(ii)

Arrested for rape or sexual assault in Ohio?
Contact Koffel Brininger Nesbitt at(614) 675-4845!

Our Victories in Sexual Assault Cases

CLIENT CLEARED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Our client was falsely accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker. Local law enforcement investigated. Client hired our law firm for representation. Over the span of 60 days, the accuser’s story became less credible while our client’s story became very credible. The case was closed by the detective. (Spring 2019, M.K.).

CLIENT EXONERATED
Our client, a freshman at a local university, was accused of non-consensual sex by a young woman 5 weeks after they had sex. The case was initiated by the local police department and the university held an administrative hearing. Testimony was presented at the university board hearing by witnesses, the accuser and our client. Our client was exonerated after the hearing and was found not to have violated the university's code of conduct concerning sex with an intoxicated person. No criminal charges are expected. (Represented by Attorney Brad Koffel).

ALL CHARGES DROPPED
Our client, a 30 year old man with active status in the United States Navy, was accused by a woman of rape. The couple had gone out on several dates with the last one resulting in sexual intercourse. The client claimed it was consensual and the woman claimed she was too intoxicated and didn't consent. Our client passed a polygraph and we agreed to have him interviewed by the Delaware, Ohio Police Department. After 2 months of representation, all charges were dropped. (Represented by Brad Koffel).

ALL CHARGES DROPPED
Our client, a high school senior football player, was accused of rape by a female sophomore. Our client passed a polygraph and agreed to an interview with the detective. The accuser would not agree to a polygraph and all charges were dropped. (Represented by Brad Koffel).

More case results can be shared in a confidential setting in our office.

This charge is so serious that it is strongly advised that you enlist the assistance of a Columbus rape defense lawyer without delay. At KBN, a respected and aggressive criminal defense law firm, the legal team can review the evidence against you and advise you what defense strategy could be employed. Each case has unique circumstances and evidence. Some cases have been found to have been false accusations - nonetheless, you must defend yourself in court if you hope to avoid prison. When there is enough evidence for you to be arrested and charged with rape, you could be convicted, whether guilty or not.

Sexual Assault, Rape, and Date Rape Defense Lawyer in Columbus

When a person is accused of sexual assault, rape, or date rape, fast action is required. With fast action on the part of the attorney and an independent investigation, in some cases the charges are dismissed before going to trial. In cases in which this is not possible, there are usually strong defense possibilities that must be explored, based on the circumstances of the case. It is critical that you contact the firm immediately after your arrest, and ensure that you don't engage in answering questions until the attorney has reviewed your case and can advise you how to proceed.

Contact a Columbus Rape Defense Attorney from KBN
(614) 675-4845.