What is Statutory Rape?
Have you been charged with sex with a minor?
Statutory rape is the engagement of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 18; it is commonly referred to as sex with a minor. This charge is called a wobbler which means that it could be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the surrounding circumstances. Three circumstances that will be considered to decide how the case will be charged are: if you are no more than three years older than the alleged victim, then the charge is a misdemeanor. If you are over three years older than the victim, then the charge could be either a misdemeanor or felony. The same applies to if you are over 21 and the victim is younger than 16.
Depending on if you are convicted of a misdemeanor statutory rape or felony statutory rape you could face probation (formal or informal), one year in jail or 16 months to four years in state prison, and/or anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 in fines. In addition to these penalties, you could also face civil fines of $2,000 to $25,000, and if the victim accuses you of causing them great bodily harm, you could face an additional three to five years in state prison.
How an Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You
Statutory rape charges can be an overwhelming thing to face, and these penalties associated with conviction can be life altering and detrimental. If you have been charged with statutory rape it is vital that you seek the legal aid of an Los Angeles criminal lawyer from The Law Office of Peter Berlin. Our legal team has many years of experience in sex crime cases as well as numerous other criminal defense issues. We offer a free initial consultation as well as 24/7 contact availability.
Contact an Los Angeles rape defense lawyer from The Law Office of Peter Berlin today.