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Rape of a Child Defense Attorney in Kent

A Tough Lawyer for Rape of a Child Defense

If you or your child has been charged with rape of a child, you need the best defense attorney you can find. Why?

First, the consequences for these criminal charges are extremely serious. They can compromise your job, your freedom, your reputation or your child's future success. Second, prosecutors are relentless and will not accept "I didn't know" as a defense. Finally, many people who face child rape charges in criminal court do so without ever knowing they committed a crime. This is their first time facing the criminal justice system, a system bent on finding reasons to hold them accountable.

At The Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding, we ensure that our clients' rights are protected in the toughest of situations. Defense Attorney Erik P. Kaeding is a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Kent with more than 20 years of experience successfully serving clients in and around the area.

To secure his services, contact the firm at (253) 444-4432 and schedule a free initial consultation!

Reasons for Your Rape Charges

Almost everyone knows that the age of consent in Washington is 16 years old. What many don't know is that you can be charged with "rape of a child" even when:

  • You are merely three years older than the alleged victim: For example, an 18-year-old can be charged with rape after having consensual sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend—that's the difference between a high school senior and a freshman.
  • You thought the alleged victim was over 16: Mistake is not a defense.
  • The sex was consensual: The age of consent means that, under the law, a 15-year-old cannot consent to sex.
  • You consorted with a person in an online chat room who you believed was more than 18 years old, but was actually younger than 16.

Defense Strategies Against Sex Crime Charges

A charge is not a conviction. Our Kent criminal defense attorney will fully review the allegations you face and explore all of the options available to you to get your charges reduced or dropped. If your case ends up in court, we have the skill to represent you well, whether you face a judge or a jury. Throughout the entire process, we will keep you informed and help you make the best decisions for you or your child.

Free, Confidential Consultation

Do not gamble with your future or the future of your child. Child rape is a serious crime that is punishable by serious consequences including time in prison. Additionally, it also carries a social stigma that could affect your career and future relationships. Seek out our Kent criminal defense attorney for the experienced, knowledgeable defense that you need.

To schedule your free initial consultation, Call The Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding at (253) 444-4432 or contact us online. In-jail visits and flexible scheduling options are available as needed.

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The Community Trusts Us with Their Future

Here's Why You Can Too:
  • Commitment to Your Freedom

    The Law Office Of Erik P. Kaeding relentlessly pursues the best possible outcome for you, whether that's a dismissal, acquittal, or reduced charges.

  • Relentless Investigation

    Our team is known for thoroughly examining cases until we find every detail that strengthens your case. We have a high rate of dismissal because we hone in on the evidence you need to walk away.

  • Insider Knowledge

    We know the judges, the officers, and the prosecutors responsible for your case. As a result, we can know the most likely direction of your case and how best to prepare for it. Our firm strategizes to counter the prosecution's every move.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Kaeding has been a criminal defense lawyer for his entire 20-year career. His father was an attorney as well--his family legacy is about getting justice for the accused. That legacy has benefited thousands, and it could include you.