Criminal Sexual Conduct in Columbia
What is the penalty for rape in Columbia, SC?
There are few criminal offenses as serious as rape, and if you have been charged with committing this sex crime, you must take immediate action to defend yourself against the severe consequences you would face upon a conviction. Rape, which is referred to in the South Carolina Code of Laws as Criminal Sexual Conduct, is charged in three degrees:
- First Degree - Felony with a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. Charged in cases of rape committed with aggravated force, during the commission of another felony such as kidnapping, robbery or burglary, or in cases of date rape where the victim is given drugs or any other intoxicating substance in order to carry out the act
- Second Degree - Felony with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Involves rapes which are carried out through threats of violence or retaliation.
- Third Degree - Felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Committed when the rape is accomplished through force or coercion or when the perpetrator knows that the victim is mentally defective or incapacitated or is physically helpless, whether due to illness or intoxication.
You could alternatively be facing charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, which carries a sentence ranging as high as the death penalty, depending on factors such as the age of the perpetrator, the age of the victim, whether force or threats were used and whether the perpetrator has previously been convicted.
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