California Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys for the LGBT Community
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In California, statutory rape involves sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 18. Regardless of consent, sex with a minor is always considered to be statutory rape because minors are statutorily unable to consent to sex. If you have been charged with statutory rape, it is imperative to hire a statutory rape defense lawyer. Defendants of statutory rape who stick with public defenders are more likely to receive harsher sentences than defendants who hire statutory rape defense attorneys. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them. Contact Pride Legal to get in touch with one of our Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys today.
Elements of Statutory Rape in California
Under California law, any individual can be convicted of statutory rape if he or she:
- Engaged in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of consent.
In California, the age of consent is 18. In other words, any adult (individual over the age of 18) who has sex with an underage minor (individual under the age of 18) can be charged with statutory rape regardless of the circumstances. Although some may find this hard to believe, California’s law is clear in its legal diction.
Potential Penalties of Statutory Rape
In California, statutory rape is a very serious crime. Under California Penal Code 261.5, individuals convicted of statutory rape may face:
- 3, 6, or 8 years in state prison
- 9,11, or 13 years in state prison (if the victim is under 14 years of age)
- 7, 9, or 11 years in state prison (if the victim is a child over 14 years of age)
- Additional sentencing based on other factors
Depending on the circumstances, individuals convicted of statutory rape may be sentenced to register as a sex offender. To protect your rights, hire an experienced Statutory Rape Defense Attorney who will produce a step-by-step course of action attuned to your unique circumstances.
Know Your Rights About Sex Crimes
- There are statutes of limitations for various sex crimes.
- Gather as much evidence as possible. Sex crime cases are often based on “he said she said” evidence. Concrete evidence will greatly help you.
- Invoke your 5th amendment rights (don’t speak to authorities until you have a lawyer present).
- Although you have rights and should exercise them, do not obstruct police investigations. This will only harm you.
- Most importantly, hire an experienced attorney. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.
Contact Pride Legal
If you or a loved one has been charged with statutory rape, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.
Contact a California Gay and Lesbian Rape Defense Attorney through Pride Legal today.
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