FIGHTING SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES (ARTICLE 120) IN THE MILITARY
The Pentagon has spent millions on sexual assault and rape prevention, but there is little for you if you are the target of a false rape or sexual assault allegation. If you’re on active duty and you are accused of rape or sexual assault, contact military defense attorney R. Davis Younts at once.
Over 20,000 active service members reported a rape or a sexual assault in fiscal 2018 – a disturbing increase of 38 percent in only a two-year period, and an “epidemic” according to many media reports.
Activists in organizations like “Protect Our Defenders” (a group “dedicated to ending the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military”) insist that rape and sexual assault victims in the military must be “given a voice.” But who speaks for the victims of false accusations?
WHAT CONSTITUTES SEXUAL ASSAULT?
If you are charged with rape or any sexual assault under Article 120, you must fight the charge, and you must have the right attorney. Rape and sexual assault are exceedingly severe criminal charges, and defendants are sometimes prejudged as guilty even if there is little evidence.
Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice defines sexual assault as an assault that includes any of these actions or any combination of these actions:
- assaulting a victim while the victim is asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unaware
- assaulting a victim who is not capable of consent
- bringing bodily harm to a victim
- falsely claiming that the assault serves a professional purpose
- inducing a belief that the assailant is someone else
- threatening a victim or putting a victim in fear
HOW WILL THE RIGHT MILITARY DEFENSE LAWYER HELP YOU?
Without an aggressive, effective defense, a conviction for rape in a military court may be penalized with life in prison. You must have an experienced military defense attorney – R. Davis Younts – defend you against any rape or sexual assault accusation.
Many rape and sexual assault cases are based on circumstantial evidence. The prosecution in these cases depends almost entirely on the accuser’s statements. In many cases, alcohol or drugs are involved, memories are exaggerated and distorted, and the accuser’s credibility is tainted.
In other cases, a claim of rape or sexual assault may be entirely fabricated and made with an ulterior motive or even with no motive at all. The right defense attorney will:
- cross-examine the purported victim to point out inconsistencies in his or her claim
- ask character witnesses to establish your good reputation
- use expert testimony to contest any forensic evidence offered against you
R. DAVIS YOUNTS HAS THE BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE YOU NEED
Even when a prosecutor claims to have DNA evidence, that evidence is no guarantee of a conviction. Your defense attorney may consult forensic experts who can usually cast doubt on DNA samples or any other type of forensic evidence.
Defense attorney R. Davis Younts will review the evidence against you in a rape or sexual assault proceeding, and he will get to the truth. He has been a prosecutor, a JAG (Judge Advocate General), and a number one-ranked Senior Defense Counsel in the U.S. Air Force.
Attorney R. Davis Younts has been practicing law since 2002. He defends those accused of crimes like rape and sexual assault in both military and civilian courts. He knows how to win the justice you need and how to bring your rape or sexual assault case to its best possible outcome.
HOW ARE SEX CRIME CONVICTIONS PENALIZED BY MILITARY COURTS?
If you are on active duty, a rape conviction can trigger a dishonorable discharge, a prison term of seven years to life, mandatory sex offender registration, and the loss of your military pension, benefits, and pay.
A sexual assault conviction is punishable with a thirty-year prison term. A conviction for aggravated sexual contact may be penalized with a twenty-year prison term, and for abusive sexual contact, the maximum sentence is seven years in prison.
If you face any of these charges, you are going to need a military attorney who has extensive experience representing defendants facing Article 120 charges. You are going to need the advice and services of attorney R. Davis Younts.
DEFENDANTS HAVE RIGHTS TOO
Everywhere today, we read and hear a great deal about victims’ rights, but if you’re charged with a crime, you have rights too. If you are charged with a sex crime as an active duty member of the armed forces, you must exercise those rights and obtain legal help at once.
Reach attorney R. Davis Younts by calling (833) 739-5291 or (717) 612-4840. His offices are located at 26 North Ninth Street in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. Fighting a rape or sexual assault charge is absolutely imperative, because the consequences of a conviction can follow you for the rest of your life.