Riverside Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer
What Is Statutory Rape in California?
Statutory rape is intercourse with a minor: someone under the age of 18.
You can be convicted of statutory rape even if the act was consensual.
The charges and potential penalties for statutory rape vary according to
the ages of the suspect and victim.
If the defendant is three or fewer years older or younger than the victim, the statutory rape is considered a misdemeanor.
If the defendant is more than three years older than the victim, the charge can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, and is punishable
by up to one year in jail or 3 years in prison.
If you are 21 or older, and the minor is younger than 16, you can be charged with a felony and serve up to four years in prison.
- You can be convicted of statutory rape if you are also a minor.
If you have been charged with statutory rape—also called stat rape
or underage sex—please
contact an experienced lawyer at Blumenthal Law Offices as soon as possible. We
offer a no-charge consultation and are available to help you any hour
of the night or day.
Minors Cannot Legally Consent to Sex
People charged with statutory rape are often surprised to learn that the
victim's consent to engage is sex is not a valid defense. In California,
no one under the age of 18 can legally consent to have sex. Even if the
minor was a willing participant who wishes you no harm, his or her parents
or guardians can file a complaint against you.
Our Riverside criminal defense lawyers have helped hundreds of clients
charged with statutory rape. We know how to put together a compelling
case and will work diligently to achieve the best possible results given
the facts of the case.
To learn how we can help you, please contact an attorney at Blumenthal
Law Offices in Riverside, California, today for a no-charge consultation.
Call us any time of day or night for a 24-hr live answering service: (951) 682-5110.