Statutory Rape in Solano County
Defining Statutory Rape
Statutory rape is defined as having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. A minor is a person under the age of 18. It does not matter if the sexual intercourse was consensual, you can still be charged with and found guilty of statutory rape. Depending on the exact age of the minor that you engaged in the act of intercourse with, the penalties can vary greatly.
If the minor was less than three years younger than you, you could be charged with a misdemeanor. If there was more than three years of age between you, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony and be imprisoned for up to a year. If you are 21 years or older and you engage in unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony and sentenced to up to four years in the state prison. There are also civil penalties that you could be liable for depending on the exact charge. The penalties start at $2,000 and could be as much as $25,000. By retaining the services of a dedicated criminal defense attorney, you will give yourself a chance to successfully defend yourself against unjust charges and penalties.
Defending Statutory Rape Charges in Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon, Vallejo and Rio Vista
Being charged with statutory rape does not mean that you are guilty. In many instances we have found that accusations are unfounded and the individual that is charged is actually innocent. At Petty and Warshawsky, Attorneys at Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is our job to investigate the matter thoroughly and give our clients the best defense possible.
The consequences of being found guilty of statutory rape are very grave. Do not attempt to defend yourself. We will fight for your rights with a criminal defense strategy that may bring about a positive outcome for you. If you are facing charges for a sex crime in Fairfield, Vallejo or anywhere else in Solano County, we urge you to
contact us without delay.