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Prosecutions of rape or sexual assault cases are almost never straight-forward. Even if there is physical evidence that sexual contact occurred, whether or not sex was consensual or forced can be complicated by the presence of alcohol and drugs, psychological disorders and personal vendettas.
At the criminal defense Law Offices of David S. Shrager, we work with lab technicians, forensic specialists, psychologists and private investigators in cases involving allegations of rape and sexual assault. Blood, DNA, hair and fiber evidence is crucial. It is important that a crime scene and the alleged rape victim be handled correctly. Unlike portrayals in crime dramas on TV like "CSI," crime scene and crime lab personnel do not always handle evidence properly. Our attorneys identify breaks in the chain of evidence and expose departures from standard crime scene protocols that impugn the reliability of the evidence in question.
If you have been arrested for rape or sexual assault, do not try to talk your way out of being charged by discussing your case with the police. Contact the Pittsburgh rape charge defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David S. Shrager today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case.
The criminal defense Law Offices of David S. Shrager counsels and defends people charged with rape or sexual assault in cases involving the following:
Allegations of date rape or acquaintance rape can be difficult to prove for several different reasons. When alcohol or drugs are involved, determining what was said or intended can be difficult to quantify. Likewise, if alleged rape victims suffer from depression, bi-polar disorder, or other psychological problems, their perspective on what happened may be skewed by their condition. In other instances, a personal vendetta stemming from a work relationship or former romantic involvement can lead emotionally unstable persons to claim they were raped.
Working with psychologists, medical experts and witness testimony, our lawyers identify inconsistencies in the testimony of the alleged victim. We present evidence that challenges the alleged victim's story and brings in other relevant considerations that cast doubt on what happened.
Statutory rape or sex with a minor is particularly emotional because of the stigma against people who molest and harm children. Often, people charged with this crime are presumed guilty by the public even if there is no clear evidence. The prosecutors are pressured to put anyone away for this act, and in the process can make mistakes.
Each of our lawyers has more than 30 years of experience defending people against serious criminal charges. We know how to overcome biases to protect our clients' rights and minimize penalties.
If you have been charged with rape or sexual assault, contact Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sexual assault attorneys at the Law Office of David S. Shrager today. Schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your rape charges and what we can do to help.
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David S. Shrager has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. He practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, both state and federal.
With 30 years experience as a trial attorney, Ronald Hayward formerly served as a federal prosecutor in the nation's capital.
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