Sexual Assault

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Goldsboro Sexual Assault Attorney

Assertive and Respectful Legal Representation Against Unfair Accusations

Sexual assault allegations are serious matters that could lead to a period of jail time, significant fines, and sex offender registration that may last for life. Our defense lawyers at Strickland Agner Pittman can help you better understand the charges against you and what options you have to combat those claims. Those accused of sexual assault often face significant social stigma, but we will treat you with respect as we champion your defense. You can count on us to do our best in our fight for justice against your sexual assault accusations.


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Degrees of Sexual Assault in North Carolina

North Carolina prosecutes sexual assault crimes as first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense, second-degree sexual offense, or sexual battery. These crimes are defined by NC General Statute 14-27 in the following ways:

  • First degree rape: Engaging in vaginal intercourse with a child under the age of 13 while the offender is at least 12 years old and at least four years older than the alleged victim; or engaging in vaginal intercourse with another person by force and against the will of the other person while employing or displaying a deadly weapon, inflicting serious personal injury on another person, or receiving assistance from another person.
  • Second-degree rape: Engaging in vaginal intercourse with another person by force and against the other person’s will; or engaging in vaginal intercourse with someone who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the offender knows or should reasonably know of the other person’s condition.
  • First-degree sexual offense: Engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 13 while the defendant is at least 12 years old and at least four years older; or engaging in a sexual act with someone by force and against their will while employing or displaying a dangerous or deadly weapon, inflicting serious personal injury, or receiving assistance from someone else.
  • Second-degree sexual offense: Engaging in a sexual act with another person by force and against the other person’s will; or engaging in a sexual act with someone who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, while the offender knows or should reasonably know of that person’s condition.
  • Sexual battery: Engaging in sexual contact, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, with another person by force and against their will or with someone who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless while knowing of this person’s incapacitation. 

Our attorneys have a deep understanding of North Carolina’s sexual assault laws and can craft a capable defense for you. You can count on us to treat your case with the utmost respect, attention, and vigor.


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Criminal Penalties Upon Conviction

Sexual assault crimes are punishable by a prison term, fines, and possible sex offender registration for life. The specific sentencing range for sexual assault offenses are:

  • First-degree rape: Class B1 felony punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison and up to life in prison with no chance of parole if the alleged victim was younger than 12 years old or the offender had a prior conviction.
  • Second-degree rape: Class C felony punishable by 58-73 months in prison for a first offense and up to 146 months in prison for a subsequent offense.
  • First-degree sexual offense: Class B1 felony punishable by 144 months to life in prison without parole. 
  • Second-degree sexual offenses: Class C felony punishable by 44-182 months.
  • Sexual battery: Class A1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 60-150 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment.

Strickland Agner Pittman is here to defend you against even the toughest sexual assault charges. We firmly believe in your right to move on from harsh or unfair accusations, and we will do our best to build a strong defense for mitigated or even reduced charges.