Gross Sexual Imposition

To be charged with gross sexual imposition, you must allegedly have had some form of sexual contact with another person (not your spouse) or caused them to have it with you, or caused two other people to have sexual contact, when any of the following applies:

  • You tried to get the other person or one of the other people to submit by force or threat of force
  • To prevent resistance, you gave the other person or one of the other people drugs or alcohol without their consent
  • The other person or one of the other people are significantly impaired by a drug given to them for surgery or other medical/dental reason
  • The other person or one of the other people are under 13, whether or not you knew
  • The other person or one of the other people has a mental or physical condition or is old enough that they couldn’t resist or consent

There are few criminal cases more sensitive or consequences more life altering than when a person is charged with gross sexual imposition.  Depending on the severity of the allegations, gross sexual impositions can be charged as a fourth degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison to a third degree felony, punishable by up to 36 months in prison.

If you are convicted of gross sexual imposition, you will be classified as a sex offender. The sex offender classification is a tiered system, based on the severity of the offense. You can find a chart of which sex offenses are in which tiers here. 

Required registration as a sex offender every year for 15 years (10 if you were a minor when the offense was committed); no community notification required

Required registration as a sex offender every 180 days for 25 years (20 if you were a minor when the offense was committed); no community notification required

Required registration as a sex offender every 90 days; community notification of sex offender status

Simply put, if you are convicted of a gross sexual imposition, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, your life will never be the same. Therefore, it is critical that you give your rape charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with gross sexual imposition. First and foremost, we will figure out if the charges are fabricated, what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful, if there were any problems in the collection, storage or testing of evidence and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and by conducting our own investigation. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, lab reports and potentially video or audio.

Our investigation will consist of going to the scene, interviewing all witnesses and potentially hiring a private detective or forensic expert for further investigation.  As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor and our investigation for your review.

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

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This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison sentence of up to 18 months
  • A fine of up to $5,000
  • Required registration as a sex offender every year for 15 years (10 if you were a minor when the offense was committed); no community notification required
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of nine months to three years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Required registration as a sex offender every year for 15 years (10 if you were a minor when the offense was committed); no community notification required
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:

    • A prison term of nine months to three years

      • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
      • If there is corroborating evidence or you have a prior offense similar to or the same as this, the prison sentence will be mandatory

  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Required registration as a sex offender every 180 days for 25 years (20 if you were a minor when the offense was committed); no community notification required


Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

In some cases, verbal consent on its own isn’t enough. It’s not a valid defense in cases involving minors under the age of 13, an intoxicated person or a person who couldn’t resist because of mental or physical disabilities or old age. It’s also invalid if the person gave verbal consent under threat of force.
According to Ohio law, physical resistance isn’t necessary to press charges against someone else.
The victim’s sexual history or reputation may be used as evidence in a case, but only as it pertains to the origin of semen, pregnancy or disease or that person’s sexual history with you. Even then, it may only be used as long as “its inflammatory or prejudicial nature doesn’t outweigh its probative value,” meaning it’s meant to support a fact in the case and not merely prove a point of view.


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