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Date Rape Defense

Protecting the Rights of the Accused

Date rape charges can be brought by mistake. Both parties may have been so intoxicated that neither remembers what happened the night before. These charges may be made after the victim thinks over the events of the night before and has remorse over having sex.

My name is Matt Karzen. As a former district attorney and criminal defense attorney in Athens, Georgia, I have handled sex charges such as date rape from both a prosecution and a defense point of view. These charges are very serious. For an event you considered consensual, you can face the same consequences as a sexual predator who attacks a stranger.

Date rape cases often develop a dangerous momentum early on: Once certain accusations are made to law enforcement, parents, boyfriends, friends and others, it can be very difficult to deal with a false report. You need to get out in front of the accusations as early as possible with an experienced defense lawyer by your side.

Fighting Aggressively to Defend Your Rights

Date rape cases often start out looking terrible for the defendant. However, many of these cases end up with dismissal or not guilty verdicts. The result often depends on whether the accusations were adequately investigated.

Sex Offender Registration: In sex offense cases, your priorities must include avoiding a conviction for a "registry" crime. Even if you receive probation for a sex offense conviction, you can be forced to register as a sex offender. As a registered sex offender, your life as you know it will never be the same. You will be unable to live or work a certain distance from churches, schools or playgrounds. Your reputation will be severely damaged, and your employment options will most certainly be severely limited.

Free Attorney Consultation

If you have been charged with date rape in Georgia, contact me, lawyer Matt Karzen, for a free consultation. My law office is in downtown Athens, Georgia.