Accused of Statutory Rape?

You need a Santa Ana sex crime lawyer!

In California, the laws on sex crimes are very strict. Specifically, the laws on statutory rape can be extremely harsh. When an individual is over the age of 18, it is illegal for them to engage in any sexual activity with a minor, even if it is completely consensual. The greater the difference in age, the more severe the penalties will be for the offender. For example, if the offender is less than three years older, they may only face a misdemeanor for the crime. However, if they are more than three years older than the minor involved, their offense will be considered a felony, which carries increased penalties.

Though an individual may not have to force a minor into the act, the law still views these actions as rape and will enforce serious penalties for any offense. That is why it is so crucial that you retain a Santa Ana sex crime lawyer you can rely on. At The Law Offices of Jerry Schaffer, Jr., I make sure to give you the dedicated counsel and support you need during such a trying time. As a board-certified criminal law specialist, I am prepared to take on your case and fight to clear your name!

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Types of Offenses & Penalties

Under the law, there are various offenses an individual can be accused of in connection to statutory rape. Depending on the circumstances involved, the penalties could increase.

For example, you could face the following charges:

  • Unlawful sexual intercourse: Any type of sexual intercourse or penetration between a minor (17 years old or younger) and an individual over the age of 18.
  • Sexual penetration: Sexual intercourse or penetration between a 14 or 15 year old and a defendant who is 10 years older or more than the minor.
  • Unlawful oral copulation: This is considered any act of oral sex between a minor who is 17 years of age or younger and a defendant over the age of 18.
  • Lewd and lascivious acts: Any type of sexual contact between a minor that is the age of 13 or younger and a defendant who is over the age of 18.

The last charge can also include a minor who is 14 or 15 years old and a defendant who is 10 years or older than them. Again, the specific penalties will depend on the age difference and other factors. For misdemeanors, a defendant can face no more than one year in jail and fines reaching up to $1,000 dollars. They may also be required to register as a sex offender. A felony conviction will bring much more severe penalties, such as up to four years in jail, up to $10,000 in fines, probation, and sex offender registration.

There are various defenses that can be employed to protect a defendant from facing these penalties, but all will require the tactful skill of a proven criminal defense lawyer. That is why you should reach out to me, a sex crime attorney serving Santa Ana and the surrounding areas.

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