The crime referred to as statutory rape is sexual activity with a person who is under the age of 18, even if the act was consensual. Since people under the age of 18, in most cases, do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity in the state of California, the willingness of the minor is irrelevant. The charges and potential penalties for statutory rape can vary, but any sex offense can come with serious consequences.
At the Law Office of Charles B. Smith, we will take your side and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the criminal process. We are well aware of the embarrassment and shame that our clients can feel after the filing of a sex charge. We aggressively defend our clients to protect them not only from serious criminal penalties, but also from the social stigma of such a charge.
San Mateo Statutory Rape Attorney
Sex crimes defense attorney Charles B. Smith, who is a former prosecutor and police officer, has handled hundreds of sex offense cases, including cases involving statutory rape.
Statutory rape can range from a misdemeanor charge to a felony with a potential sentence of up to four years in prison. A minor can also be convicted of statutory rape. Additionally, even if the minor who was involved in the act does not wish to file charges, that minor's parents can still file a complaint against you.
Do not take anything for granted if you are under investigation for or if you have already been arrested for statutory rape in California. Talk with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a San Francisco Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
For more information regarding statutory rape defense in California, contact attorney Charles B. Smith. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 650-425-7703 or e-mail us. We accept credit cards, are available outside of regular business hours, and regularly visit our clients who are in jail.