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Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, PA

We have over a century of collective legal experience and have been practicing in state and federal courts across Minnesota since 1983.

Rape and Sexual Assault Charges

Minneapolis Sexual Assault Attorneys

Rape is a serious allegation that carries extreme consequences for convicted offenders. If you’ve been accused of rape in Minneapolis, you already know that your future is at stake – as well as your freedom. From prison time to inclusion on the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry, the sentences for rape can dramatically alter your life both during and after conviction.

In difficult times like these, it’s important to remember that you retain maintain the right to hire experienced legal counsel for your defense. When you need to fight back against an unfair rape accusation in Minneapolis, call on Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. for assistance. We’re available 24/7 to help the unjustly accused and provide a powerful defense for your case.

Don’t let rape charges become a permanent mark on your record. Call (612) 444-5020 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced criminal defense lawyers.

Defining Rape Under Minnesota Law

Illegal in every state, rape is often defined as a non-consensual or forced sexual act.

In Minnesota legal proceedings, rape and sexual assault are both categorized more broadly as “criminal sexual conduct.” Criminal sexual conduct is divided into five different degrees, ranging from Fifth Degree to First Degree, the latter being the most serious charge. The varying degrees can be charged in a plethora of different situations with each charge carrying different potential penalties.

What Are the Penalties for Rape?

Criminal sexual conduct charges are given extra weight because of the abhorrent nature of the alleged violations. Additionally, juries are often swayed by strong appeals to emotion in the courtroom. To maintain your innocence and avoid the serious penalties of a conviction, you will need to present a compelling defense.

Based on the 5 degrees of criminal sexual conduct, the penalties for a rape conviction can include:

  • First Degree: 12 to 30 years in prison and a fine of $40,000.
  • Second Degree: 7.5 to 25 years in prison and a fine of $35,000.
  • Third Degree: 5 to 15 years in prison and a fine of $30,000.
  • Fourth Degree: Up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000 maximum.
  • Fifth Degree: 1 to 7 years in prison and a fine of $3,000.

Except for first-time Fifth Degree charges, all convictions for criminal sexual conduct charges are classified as felonies. If convicted of a felony level criminal sexual conduct charge, In addition to becoming a registered sex offender, you you may experience great difficulty finding meaningful employment and housing.

Powerful Defenses from Former Prosecutors

As a team of former prosecutors, our lawyers at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. know exactly how the other side thinks. We fight hard on behalf of our clients because we understand the true gravity of a rape conviction in Minneapolis. The sooner you call a seasoned criminal defense attorney, the better your chance of overcoming false accusations and restoring your good name.

We’re available for free case evaluations anytime, 365 days a year. For a no-obligation case review with a sex crimes attorney in Minneapolis, call (612) 444-5020 today.

Put Our Attorneys On Your Side

Our team has 100 years of collective experience. Our lawyers, Allan Caplan and Joe Tamburino, are frequently featured on local news networks, including radio and television appearances on Fox and WCCO radio. This has helped Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. rise to prominence and gain a solid reputation of fighting vigorously not only for our clients, but also against the injustices they face when they have been charged with a crime or have been wrongfully injured.

Attorney Profiles

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • “ Today I had a court appearance where your attorney, LIS CARLSON represented me. I must start at the beginning, MS. CARLSON returned my phone call to her with in an hour of my first call to your office. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the quick response to my call & most important how LIS immediately made me feel, she was professional, caring, her ability to immediately know that I was a total mess. Before she finished with my call she made sure that I was alright, her compassion for me was extremely needed. I immediately felt there couldn’t be a better attorney in the state better than LIS! Throughout this entire process, Lis was a pillar of strength. I was amazed at how she handled everything with extreme care & some very excellent, professional legal skills. I count my blessings but I count them twice when I came to LIS. The world needs more people like LIS, smart, intelligent, kind and caring.” - P.G.
  • “How do I ever thank you enough for your amazingly great strategy that got my case dismissed! ” - J. E.
  • “ Kayla Wengronowitz was my attorney in a claim against me involving Title IX and won my difficult and extensive case. She was a beacon of hope to me when my options seemed very limited. Kayla provided clarity for me to understand everything happening in the case, she made smart and calculated decisions, she made sure I was comfortable with every decision she made, and she responded to difficult situations seemingly with ease. Most importantly, Kayla was empathetic and provided comfort throughout the strenuous process. I am extremely grateful for her service and highly recommend her without reservation.” - Anonymous
  • “I strongly recommended to anybody who needs a criminal lawyer representation ” - M.M.
  • “ I just wanted to thank you so much! I am so pleased with all the hard work you put in. I would have never had the chance to get the outcome I did without you. You did an amazing job and we are feeling very greatful to have made the right call when we chose you.” - P.K.
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