TRIAL ATTORNEY ELIZABETH GABA ACCEPTS THE MOST SERIOUS OF SEX OFFENSE FELONY CASES. She sees her job as putting together the best possible courtroom defense and never passes moral judgment as to the circumstances of the case. Trial Attorney Elizabeth has in the past successfully defended men and women who have been accused of rape, gross sexual imposition, sex with an underage person and other similar sexual criminal cases.

If you have been charged with a crime of rape - it is MOST CRITICAL to contact an experienced attorney as early as possible. There is no consultation fee when a person accused of rape or similar crimes discusses their case quietly and PRIVATELY in the office of Attorney Gaba.

Attorney Gaba will accept a sex offense felony cases not only in Central Ohio (that is: Columbus, Circleville, Chillicothe, Dayton, Delaware, Lancaster, London, Marysville, Mt. Vernon, Newark, Zanesville), she will also accept these types of cases in locations that are farther away (such as Athens, Cleveland, Marietta, Portsmouth, and Youngstown by way of example).

In the State of Ohio the definition of RAPE is:

The unlawful conduct between persons, compelled by force or threat of force, or the person's ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired, or the person is less than thirteen years of age, where any of the following activities take place:

vaginal intercourse between a male and female, anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal or anal intercourse.


The crime of RAPE in Ohio is defined as a first degree felony. A person convicted of RAPE by statute must be sentenced to not less than three (3) years of penitentiary incarceration, and up to eleven (11) years, but depending upon the age of the “victim”, the convicted may be sentenced to LIFE IMPRISONMENT depending upon factual circumstances.

A person accused of major sex offense crimes who does not take their legal problem serious sometimes attempt to make up poor excuses. They get themselves into deeper trouble.


Planning a successful defense, for a person charged with a sex offense crime, that a jury will accept, cannot be accomplished in one afternoon. Choose an experienced courtroom trial attorney as soon as possible. Get to all your office appointments on time. The more time an attorney has to prepare the more comfortable the attorney feel when she stands before the jury.

The accused person should NOT hold back any facts. If drinking alcohol took place before the alleged sexual acts - let the attorney know immediately If the accused person and the “victim” were both using cocaine, heroine or other drugs before the alleged sexual events - be sure to notify the attorney, All this information goes into the trial planning. This permits the attorney to organize her cross-examination questions well in advance.

When the attorney says “DON’T DISCUSS THIS CASE WITH ANYONE” follow her advise. Attorney Gaba has been through many rape cases before. She knows that "admissions against one’s own interest" is an exception to the heresay rule that prosecutors like to use. Don’t talk to anyone about the case - - means just that. Don’t talk about your case to your cousins, uncles, best buddy, current girlfriend or stepdad.

Follow the advice that you have been given.

If you remember a fact or detail that you never mentioned to your attorney, make a note. Pass all information along to your attorney as soon as possible. If you recall that a police officer had his gun out of its holster at the time of your interrogation, this may not mean much to you, but let your attorney know all facts and circumstances. She can decide how important or critical a newly remembered facts truly is.

Nothing within this portion of Gaba Law Office’s web site is intended to imply that there are any guarantees as to specific results on a particular type of case.