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Degrees of rape in Oregon

Very few crimes in Oregon carry the same social and from the repercussions as sexual crimes. Sexual offenses often carry stiff penalties and are met with a lifelong stigma against the accused. People can immediately see negative effects of accusations of sexual crimes. These can include a job loss, loss of housing and loss of social opportunities. Therefore, it is important for individuals to understand exactly what they're being charged with and how to best combat the charges.

When it comes to rape, Oregon has many different degrees of criminal liability. These different charges carry different penalties. People who are accused of rape should understand these degrees and which applies to their case.

Under Oregon law, first-degree rape is the most serious of the degrees. First-degree rape is a Class A felony that can result in up to $375,000 in fines and 20 years in prison. First-degree rape occurs when an alleged victim is forced to have sex with the alleged perpetrator. Or, first-degree rape includes any sex where the victim is under the age of 12, under the age of 16 and related to the alleged perpetrator or has some sort of mental incapacitation where the individual is incapable of consent.

Second-degree rape, on the other hand, is having sexual relations with the person under the age of 14. Second- degree rape is a Class B felony that can result in up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Third-degree rape is a class C felony. If a person is convicted of third degree rate, the individual can face fines of up to $125,000 and up to five years in prison. Third-degree rape includes having sex with a person under the age of 16.

Understanding these crimes and their penalties can be important when people face rape charges in Oregon. An attorney can help to explain these charges further and how they apply in a particular situation. Additionally, an attorney can help to craft a criminal defense plan to make sure that people's constitutional rights are protected.

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