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Date Rape

"Date rape" is usually defined as sexual coercion or sexual contact during a social engagement in which the victim does not want that contact, does not give consent, or consent is influenced. This type of crime usually occurs at a bar, nightclub, or party. In addition to the use of force or threats to coerce the victim into a sexual act, certain drugs can also be used to lower inhibitions or incite unconsciousness, such as rohypnol (roofies), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and ketamine. These drugs can be extremely dangerous and could even cause death to the victim.

Date rape carries the same charges as other rape convictions and can lead to extremely serious consequences in a court of law. If you or someone you love has been charged with this crime, it is imperative to employ the help of a lawyer right away to help formulate your defense. For more information, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

Conditions Affecting Legal Consent

Under Texas law, a victim cannot legally consent to sexual contact if the following circumstances are present:

  • Victim has a mental disease/defect
  • Victim is physically unable to resist
  • Victim is unconscious
  • Victim is impaired by ingesting a forced substance
  • Assailant uses force, violence, or a threat against the victim or another person
  • Assailant is a government official or employee who coerces the victim to participate

Consent can be difficult to prove and you may have a viable defense if you believe consent was given by the accuser. Rape cases are almost always charged as a felony, which can lead to serious penalties under the law. If you are facing these charges, you need the assistance of professional representation right away.

Contact Us

To learn more about date rape and your legal rights following a charge of that nature, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.


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