Knoxville Rape Defense Attorneys

Tennessee sex crime defense attorneys understand the importance of defending an individual against rape or aggravated rape. If you have been charged with rape or aggravated rape, you are facing serious consequences such as a lengthy prison sentence and hefty financial penalties and restitution, not to mention the stigma and the shame that goes along with being branded as a sex offender or a violent sex offender, possibly, for the rest of your life.

Rape in Tennessee

Rape is an extremely serious crime. If charged, you could be facing a Class B felony conviction, which carries a prison sentence between 8 and 30 years and up to a $25,000 fine.

In Tennessee, rape is defined under T.C.A. 39-13-503 as involving the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant under certain specified circumstances. The meaning of "sexual penetration" is quite broad. It not only consists of vaginal intercourse but also includes cunnilingus, fellatio, and anal intercourse. Moreover, penetration also consists of any intrusion, no matter how slight, of any part of a person's body or of any object into the genital or anal openings of the victim's, the defendant's, or any other person's body. Emission of semen is not required for the act to be considered unlawful sexual penetration.

To be classified as rape, the unlawful penetration must also be accompanied by one of the following circumstances:

Aggravated Rape in Tennessee

Aggravated rape is an even more serious offense because it is classified as a Class A felony. If convicted, the defendant could be facing between 15 and 60 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

To be convicted of aggravated rape in Tennessee, under T.C.A. 39-13-502, defendant must have committed unlawful sexual penetration, as defined above, under either of the following circumstances:

Defending Your Rights

If you or someone you love has been accused of rape or aggravated rape, you need to get representation from knowledgeable experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorneys, who will conduct a thorough and independent investigation and listen to your side of the story. The attorneys at Baker Associates will examine every aspect of the evidence.

Consent is usually a significant issue in rape cases. We have been able to get acquittals for many of our clients by showing evidence that the sex act performed was a consensual act between two adults and not rape. Please call our criminal defense attorneys today to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.


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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Tennessee Sexual Assault Lawyer Disclaimer: The rape, sex offense, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact an attorney at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.

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