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Rape & Sexual Abuse

Rape and Sexual Abuse Defense in Portland, Oregon

Charges of Rape or Sexual Abuse are the most common of the Measure 11 sex crimes.  Rape generally accuses one of having forcible sexual intercourse, or having intercourse with someone incapable of consent.  Sexual Abuse revolves around inappropriate touching, most often with the hands.  Other charges, such as Sodomy, or Sexual Penetration refer are also possible, depending on the specific circumstances.

In all situations, accusations like this have the power to completely and utterly transform lives.  Due to the incredibly damaging social stigma, the zealousness of prosecutors, and the substantial penalties involved, getting legal assistance as soon as possible is necessary.

Portland Rape Defense Attorney

Edward Kroll is a former prosecutor who now has defended many Measure 11 sexual charges.  He understands how damaging these accusations can be, and he brings a measured, serious defense to your side.  Aside from Murder, these types of charges carry the highest penalties and draw the most attention.  Having an attorney who understands how to deal with these kinds of charges is a must.

Defending Charges of Rape & Sexual Abuse

Defending these cases requires the utmost care and dedication.

Pre-Charge: If the police or other authorities begin asking you questions about such allegations, remain calm.  Say nothing to them unless a lawyer is present.  Anything you say may be misconstrued, or even misreported and used against you.  Too often, good people make the mistake of thinking they can talk their way out of the situation, and instead, they make it worse.If you have not yet been charged, but are under suspicion, you need a lawyer.  We can take several steps to try and head off these accusations.  We will carefully investigate the allegations against you, and collect witness statements and evidence on your behalf.  It may be possible to convince the police or the prosecutor that charging you would be a waste of time.

We may also explore scientific means, such as medical or psychological reports, or polygraph testing.  Any tests that you and your lawyer decide to do are strictly confidential, and cannot be released to law enforcement unless it would benefit you.

Post-Charge: If you have already been arrested and charged with Rape or Sexual Abuse, then you need legal help immediately.  We will continue to investigate the allegations against you.  Sometimes, we may discover that the accusations are the result of fabrication, either by the person accusing you, or someone who has something to gain by hurting you.  Sometimes, we may uncover evidence that clearly shows that the contact was consensual, and you did nothing wrong.

If you are in custody, we will work to reduce bail so that you do not spend one more minute behind bars.  We want you out, working with us as we prepare your defense.

Settlement: Depending on the specific facts of your case, a plea bargain may be to your advantage.  With aggressive negotiating, it is often possible to remove sex crime cases from the strict sentences of Measure 11.

Trial: If a plea bargain is out of the question, then the only way to proceed is by taking your case to trial.  Trial is never without risk, but with the right team, you will maximize your chances of being found not guilty.  We will use whatever resources we have to aggressively attack the prosecution’s case and present your side of things.  We may employ investigators, expert witnesses, technology, and anything else we can think of in your defense.

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Edward Kroll has extensive experience with sex crimes, and knows how to defend you. Due to the serious nature of these accusations, consider contacting Portland rape defense attorney Edward Kroll today for a free and confidential consultation, so we can begin work on your defense.

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