If you or someone you love recently became the victim of a sexual crime, you may be struggling with questions about your legal options:
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Are you wondering how state laws will affect the prosecution of your offender after being sexually assaulted or abused in Oklahoma? We’ve summarized the state’s sexual abuse laws below in the section below as a reference for recent victims of sexual crimes. But remember, these laws frequently change. In order to gain a better understanding of how the criminal courts will prosecute guilty parties, it’s best to discuss the details of your case with an experienced Oklahoma sexual abuse victims’ rights lawyer.
It’s normal to be curious about how the criminal justice system will handle your case, but remember that criminal courts primarily focus on punishing criminals. In order to get the full financial support you need and deserve, it may be necessary to file a civil sexual assault lawsuit.
Civil lawsuits can help survivors in ways the criminal justice system fails to, including:
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In Oklahoma, a person can be found guilty of rape if he or she engages in sexual intercourse under any of the following circumstances:
Rape can be charged in either the first or second degree, depending on the specifics of the crime.
A person will be charged with rape in the first degree if the crime involved any of the following:
First-degree rape is a felony punishable by either death, imprisonment for a minimum of 5 years, life, or life without parole.
Any rape which occurs without any of the conditions listed under first-degree rape will be charged in the second degree. This is also a felony, punishable by 1-15 years in prison.
In Oklahoma, crimes which involve unlawful oral sex are classified as forcible sodomy. While most states also include anal penetration in their definition of sodomy, in Oklahoma anal penetration meets the definition of rape. A person can be charged with forcible sodomy if they engage in any of the following forms of oral sex:
This felony is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
A person can be convicted of sexual battery if he or she intentionally touches, mauls, or feels the body or private parts of someone 16 years of age or older without their consent. This felony is punishable by 1-15 years in prison.
Most crimes of child sexual abuse are prosecuted under “lewd or indecent proposals or acts upon a child under 16”. A person can be convicted of this crime for any of the following actions:
This felony is punishable by 1-20 years in prison on the first conviction. On separate convictions, this crime is punishable by a sentence up to life without parole.