Statutory Rape

Statutory Rape

Statutory Rape is also known as having sex with a minor. A minor is anyone under the age of 18. Statutory rape happens whether or not the sex itself was consensual by both parties. It is still considered statutory rape if the minor initiated the act. The biggest issue you face in defending yourself against this allegation is that it’s a mostly he said, she said case and contradicting evidence can put you in a bad spot. There are three main conditions that the police have to prove in orfer to charge someone with statutory rape:

Punishments for Statutory Rape

Being charged with statutory rape will be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It depends on the circumstances and facts of the case. One that will be heavily considered and weighed is the age difference between the two parties. If there was a 3 year gap then it will always be a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are punishable with probation, a year in jail and/or up to a $1000 fine.  If there was more than three years, then it can be either a felony OR misdemeanor. If the minor is under 16 while you are over 21, then you see the most severe punishments. This could include up to four years in prison. It is important to know that both parties will be liable. This means even the minor (or the victim) is also charged with the crime. However the juvenile court system will handle the case for minors.

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