Facing a Statutory Rape Allegation

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Under the law, statutory rape occurs when someone over the age of consent has sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of consent (18 in most states) but above the age of a child,( which is usually considered to be 14).  The theory of statutory rape is that a person under the age of consent is not capable of giving consent for sex, although in some states marriage under the age of 18 is allowed with the parent's permission. Even if the victim lied about his or her age and the accused was unaware of their actual age, this may not be a solid defense in itself. A statutory rape conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, changing your life as you know it,.

What Do I Do?

Your response to the allegations of statutory rape needs to be immediate and decisive. If you have been notified by Social Services or by the police  that allegations have been made and they want to come and speak with you--don't. Tell them you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, but you do have the legal right to be represented by an attorney and will not speak to them until your attorney is present. You should then carefully research and as soon as possible hire an attorney who is highly experienced in the particular nature of sexual crimes. Keep in mind that the final outcome of these allegations will depend largely on the experience and knowledge of your attorney.

Defenses

Rape charges often come down to "he said, she said." The principle evidence in a statutory rape case is the word of the victim. Never, ever be tempted to plead guilty early on in the case simply to avoid embarrassment. You and your attorney need to plan a strong, solid defense, starting with determining if any physical evidence is available immediately after the alleged act. An effective legal defense team will employ psychologists, private investigators or medical experts as needed to defend you from these charges. If the act was consensual this will be brought into evidence as well. 

Don't Go Through This Alone!

Rather than go through this life-altering experience alone, you deserve an attorney who will fight aggressively to ensure you are not required to serve a harsh prison sentence or face the rest of your life having to register as a sex offender. Due to the nature of sex crimes, the public and the jurors may automatically assume that anyone accused of statutory rape must be guilty. Your attorney will be aware of this and will use every skill necessary to fight for your freedom. 

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