Rape and Sexual Assault of a Child Charges
The consequences of being convicted of rape or sexual assault of a child have grown exponentially and could significantly diminish the quality of your life. Recently enhanced punishments means that it is more important than ever to have an experienced military defense lawyer who knows how to deal with these charges.
What constitutes rape or sexual assault of a child?
According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), an individual can be charged and convicted of raping a child if he or she engages in any sexual act with a child less than 12 years of age, or engages in a sexual act with a child over 12 years of age by the use of force, threats, fear, drugs and other substances, or by making the child lose consciousness.
For sexual assault cases that do not fall under the category of rape, an individual might be accused of committing sexual assault of a child if he or she commits a sexual act with a child who is at least 12 years of age. The individual might be accused of sexual abuse of a child if he or she committed a lewd act upon the child.
In cases where the sexual act was consensual but the child is between the ages of 12 and 16, the individual and his or her attorney must prove that the individual had reason to believe the child was at least 16 years of age.
Possible Consequences of Rape or Sexual Assault of a Child
Military members who have been convicted of rape or sexual assault of a child could lose their rank, their accomplishments, and their freedom. Possible punishments depend on individual cases, but also on the charge.
- Convicted of raping a child. The individual could face numerous consequences, life imprisonment, dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of any military pay or allowance.
- Convicted of sexual assault of a child. The individual could face bad conduct or dishonorable discharge, 20 years in prison, and forfeiture of any military pay or allowance.
- Convicted of sexual abuse of a child. The individual could be dishonorably discharged, possibly face 20 years of time in prison, and forfeiture of any military pay or allowance.
How We Can Help
The possible ramifications for these charges are scary, but we believe that there is hope in every case. With the right attorney on your side, you can tackle these allegations head on.
Garrison Wood is a military defense attorney who has experience with numerous cases similar to yours. We will make sure you walk away with the best outcome possible. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential review of your case.