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Sex crimes in Kansas vary based on circumstances

All sex crimes in Kansas vary based on the circumstances that were present when the criminal act allegedly occurred. In Kansas, you can be charged with rape, criminal sodomy, sexual battery and other crimes in connection with an alleged criminal sexual act.

Rape occurs when a person has sexual intercourse with a person who doesn't consent to that intimate act. You can face rape charges in Kansas if the victim is overcome by fear or if you force the victim to have sex with you. Rape charges are also possible if the person isn't able to fight back, such as if they have no physical means with which to fight or if they are unconscious. You can even face a rape charge if you have sex with someone who is drunk, high or has a mental condition that makes them incapable of giving you consent. Other scenarios might also count as rape, so if you are facing rape charges, make sure your lawyer takes a good look at the evidence in the case to figure out what points should be disputed.

Kansas sodomy laws cover a variety of scenarios. If two people of the same sex who are at least 16 years old have a sexual encounter involving oral or anal sex, they can face sodomy charges. Sodomy with an animal or a child under 16 can also lead to sodomy charges. Aggravated sodomy charges are possible in some instances.

Sexual battery charges are possible when a person touches another person who is at least 16 years old and isn't their spouse in a sexual way if that person doesn't consent. Penetration isn't necessary for this charge. Aggravated sexual battery is possible if there are elements of fear, force or an inability to fight against the contact.

As you can see, there are specific differences between each of these charges. Those differences can be very important points in your case, so make sure you understand them all.

Source: Kansas Legislature, "2012 Statute, Chapter 21, Article 55," accessed Sep. 19, 2016

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