Criminal Law

Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I have a personal question. I was not convicted of Rape.

Hi! I have a personal...
Hi! I have a personal question. I was not convicted of Rape. Although I’m wondering if it’s true that only victim testimony and a victim’s story is required for a rape conviction, and that no physical evidence is required to be arrested. If this is true, could you provide legal sources for me on this issue? I’m working on an essay regarding no evidence being required contributing to a false rape allegation long story short. Thank you in advance.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Answered in 10 hours by:
3/14/2018
LegalPro54
LegalPro54, Lawyer
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,875
Experience: I can provide detailed, thoughtful assistance to help you solve your legal problems.
Verified

Hello and thank you for your question.

Yes, it's certainly possible to obtain a rape conviction based on the victim's testimony alone. The reason is because in order to obtain a rape conviction, what is required is for a jury to find "beyond reasonable doubt" that a rape occurred. The evidence in every case is different--there is no list of required types of evidence that may be presented. The jury considers EVERYTHING that is relevant and admissible and makes a finding on that evidence. If the victim's testimony is credible (i.e. they have never been known to lie, have no obvious ulterior motivations for lying, there are corroborating factors, etc.), then testimony alone can certainly be enough. You won't find a statute that says precisely this, because again, it just comes down to the standard of "beyond reasonable doubt" and the fact that anything that is relevant and admissible can be considered by the jury.

I hope that you find this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.

If you do not require any further assistance, please be so kind as to provide a positive rating of my service so that I may receive credit for assisting you. Very best wishes moving forward.

* Disclaimer *

Just Answer is a venue for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney-client relationship is formed by these communications.

LegalPro54
LegalPro54, Lawyer
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,875
Experience: I can provide detailed, thoughtful assistance to help you solve your legal problems.
Verified
LegalPro54 and 87 other Criminal Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you so much for this information! This has been very useful!! I appreciate this! I will be messaging you again soon.

I'm very glad I could help and I will look forward to assisting you in the future as your needs may require. Best wishes.

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Do you know of any previous cases or recent cases where “testimonial evidence” was all that was required to be prosecuted for rape? Thank you.
Was this answer helpful?
Ask LegalPro54 Your Own Question
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
LegalPro54, Lawyer
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,875
13,875 Satisfied Customers
Experience: I can provide detailed, thoughtful assistance to help you solve your legal problems.

LegalPro54 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Your Expert advise has provided insight on a difficult situation. Thank you so much for the prompt response. I will definitely recommend your website to my friends.

NormaPensacola, FL

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

3,194 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

2,063 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including criminal law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

1,862 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Lawyer

1,815 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience

Nate

Nate

Lawyer

1,736 satisfied customers

Over 10 years of criminal defense practice.

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

1,631 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney with 29 yrs. exp. in criminal law

AttorneyTom

AttorneyTom

Lawyer

1,242 satisfied customers

Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Criminal Law Questions
Can someone accuse you of rape without any evidence other
Can someone accuse you of rape without any evidence other than their word? How long can you be held when the state is saying there is no evidence to prove this, but the child and her mother made a vid… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
You Oregonian lawyers out there. Oregon's first degree rape
This is for all you Oregonian lawyers out there. Oregon's first degree rape statute is fairly clear. It simply states this. 1) A person who has sexual intercourse with another person commits the crime… read more
Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley
JD
1,371 satisfied customers
Statute of limitations of rape in NC. Nc. Much, call for
statute of limitations of rape in NC JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in? Customer: nc JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet? Customer: no JA: Anything else … read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
I have a personal question. I was not convicted of Rape.
Hi! I have a personal question. I was not convicted of Rape. Although I'm wondering if it's true that only victim testimony and a victim's story is required for a rape conviction, and that no physical… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Lawyer
13,875 satisfied customers
I was arrested for statutory rape 20 years ago and enticing
I was arrested for statutory rape 20 years ago and enticing a child for indecent purposes which was dismissed but the statutory rape was dead docket can I get it expunged… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I live in Florida. I was raped on ******, 2017 in New York
I live in Florida. I was raped on ******, 2017 in New York State. The district attorney declined to file charges. Can I sue the accused for punitore damamges … read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
My daughter was raped by a sheriff while locked up in *****
my daughter was raped by a sheriff while locked up in ***** jail … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,073 satisfied customers
When someone is accused of rape and arrested then all of the
When someone is accused of rape and arrested then all of the physical evidence says the person is not guilty how long can the accused be held in jail in Texas?… read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
2,595 satisfied customers
Can i end up in jail for being falsely accused of rape.
Can i end up in jail for being falsely accused of rape … read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
I was convicted of the rape of a little girl in Oregon in
I was convicted of the rape of a little girl in Oregon in 1995. Physical evidence existed that proves me innocent that was kept out of court by the prosecutor and I kept bugging him and my lawyer to g… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
My son has been falsly accused of rape in Kansas by a racist
My son has been falsly accused of rape in Kansas by a racist cop and pressured the girl to say she was raped when the officer had it out for this telling him he would kill him or arrest him one day th… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
If a man is on trial for rape (AKA battery in FL), and there
If a man is on trial for rape (AKA sexual battery in FL), and there exists an ex boyfriend of the alleged victim who has in his possession texts in which she accuses him of date rape and then recants.… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
If a man is on trial for rape, can the defense offer
If a man is on trial for rape, can the defense offer evidence that the complainant (alleged victim) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the past?… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
If a complainant reports battery (specifically rape) in
If a complainant reports sexual battery (specifically rape) in Florida, what level of probable cause would need to exist for the police to be able to seize the suspect's cell phone?… read more
WiseOwl58
WiseOwl58
JD Honors Graduate
4,031 satisfied customers
My friend is the victim of attempted rape and is trying to
Hi, my friend is the victim of attempted rape and is trying to press charges for sexual battery. Her lawyer just dismissed her saying that she had no case and brought in a male lawyer for a "male pers… read more
Expert James
Expert James
Doctoral Degree
11,964 satisfied customers
My girlfriend was sexually assaulted - gang raped - in
My girlfriend was sexually assaulted - gang raped - in Tulia, Texas back in Feb 2016. We found one of her rapists and confronted him. He claimed that she was conscious, knew what I was doing, and accu… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
I'm writing a story about a rape trial. In trial, if the
I'm writing a story about a rape trial.In trial, if the alleged victim is giving testimony about the attack/rape, can she describe what her assailant was saying to her during the attack? Can she descr… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers
I have been raped, and a rape kit was provided. I have
I have been raped, and a rape kit was provided. I have written letters to have my kit put through ASPHIS, but I get ignored, so my rape & assault was never adjudicated but ignored by a Detective that … read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
189 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x