If you have been accused of statutory rape, your situation could not be more serious. Also known as sex with a minor, statutory rape is any form of unlawful sex with an individual under the age of eighteen. Even if the relationship is consensual, it is the age difference which makes the act illegal. Unlike sexual battery or abuse, statutory rape usually takes place with individuals who are in a romantic relationship. Even if there was no violence, the accused individual could still be sentenced to jail and steep fines.
Misdemeanor statutory rape includes probation, a year in jail, and $1,000 in fines. A felony conviction could result in four years of prison and $10,000 in fines. Depending on the age of the individuals involved, there could also be a civil penalty of up to $25,000. One of the most difficult consequences to face is that the offender could have to register as a sex offender. This will follow them their whole lives and seriously damage with reputation. It could be difficult to be admitted to a college or secure a job.
Have you been charged with statutory rape?
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sex crimes are taken very seriously by the state of California, whether it is statutory rape, sexual battery,
prostitution, lewd conduct, or child molestation. Their attorneys are dedicated to getting your sentence reduced or even dropped. They understand that many people are falsely accused of sex crimes and they will relentlessly pursue justice for you.