Age of Consent & Statutory Rape Laws

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Being charged with statutory rape really depends on how state law defines the age of consent. In Florida, the age of consent is 18 years old. Anyone engaging in sexual acts with someone who is under the age of 18, even if the acts committed were consensual, the adult in the situation can be charged with statutory rape.

The law believes that anyone under the age of 18 incapable of consenting to any sort of sexual act. The law will punish a convicted individual on the basis that he or she committed “lewd and lascivious” behavior on a minor.

What penalties could I face?

Lewd and lascivious acts involving minors will vary in punishment, depending on the age of the alleged victim and the defendant. Lewd and lascivious acts are considered any sexual touching between the accused person and victim’s mouth, anus, or vagina, including of the defendant’s sexual organs on the victim.

Because penalties can vary, these are the possible minimum and maximum penalties:

  • Probation time for defendants that under the age of 18 who are convicted of soliciting, but not actually committing a sexual act
  • Imprisonment between 3 years and life imprisonment, depending on the charge
  • Monetary fines costing up to $10, 000
  • Mandatory sex offender registration

Are there any possible defenses?

To protect yourself from the accusations, we urge you to enlist the services of a skilled Miami sex crime lawyer for advice. There are many ways to go about defending your case, and this will depend greatly on the circumstances. For example, if you sincerely did not know that the other person was underage, such as he or she lured you into engaging in the acts by presenting themselves as an older person. As this is only an example, remember that your situation will be different from all others, so it is vital that you call Hager & Schwartz, P.A. as soon as possible so that your case can be evaluated properly.

We may be your best asset!

When it comes to any sex crime or criminal charge, it is never recommended that you try to fight on your own. Even relying on a public defender or a “discount” attorney is not a good choice—because they are there only to close cases; they do not necessarily care about you as a person. That is what makes our Miami sex crime attorneys different from all others. We treat your case personally, knowing that there is a real person at the heart of the matter, and we do everything we can to make sure you are protected.

When you are ready to begin, schedule a consultation with our aggressive lawyers.

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