Rape & Sexual Assault in Indiana

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Rape is considered one of the most serious sex crimes in the United States. Not only will you face a lengthy prison sentence and registration as a sex offender for life, but your personal and professional reputation can be destroyed, even if you are only accused of the criminal offense. If you are currently under investigation for sexual assault in Indiana, our Noblesville sexual assault lawyers at The Criminal Defense Team are committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future.

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Indiana Rape Laws

In Indiana, it is a criminal offense to rape or have oral, anal, or vaginal sex or penetrate the genitals or anus of another without their consent, with an object by force, threat of force, or while the individual was incapacitated due to mental disability or unconsciousness.

The following sexual conduct is prohibited by Indiana law:

  • Rape is considered a Level 3 felony
  • Aggravated Rape: if aggravating factors are present such as causing serious bodily injury, use of a deadly force or weapon, or using date rape drugs, then the charge is elevated to a Level 1 felony
  • Sexual misconduct with minor:
    • A person between 18 - 20 years old has sexual contact with a child, it's a Level 5 felony
    • A 21 year old has sexual contact with a child, it's a Level 4 felony
  • Aggravated sexual misconduct with minor is considered a Level 1 felony
  • Child molestation: if the victim is under 14, it's a Level 3 felony

Penalties for Sexual Assault in Indiana

Sexual assault and rape are considered felonies in Indiana, the penalties for these range in levels as follows:

  • Level 1: Between 20 - 40 years in prison & up to $10,000 in fines
  • Level 2: Between 10 - 30 years in prison & up to $10,000 in fines
  • Level 3: Between 3 - 16 years in prison & up to $10,000 in fines
  • Level 4: Between 2 - 12 years in prison & up to $10,000 in fines
  • Level 5: Between 1 - 6 years in prison & up to $10,000 in fines
  • Level 6: Between 6 months to 2.5 years in prison & up to $10,000 in fines

What is the Age of Consent in Indiana?

The age of consent in Indiana is 16 years old, yet the Romeo and Juliet law states that 14 & 15 year olds may participate in sexual activity with peers that are no more than 4 years old than them.

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