Sex with a Minor Attorney in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Lawyers
Having any form of sexual intercourse with a minor is a serious criminal
offense. Under California law, sex with a minor constitutes the offense of
statutory rape. Although "rape" is in the title of this offense, this does
not imply forced or unwanted sexual intercourse. Rather, it involves nonconsensual
intercourse, which is only deemed nonconsensual because the alleged victim
is under the age of legal consent (under 18 years old). Sex with a minor
is most often a felony offense and a conviction may result in up to 4
years in state prison as well as fines and sex offender registration.
Penalties for Sex with a Minor in California
The specific penalties for sex with a minor will vary mostly depending
upon the age of the alleged offender and the age of the victim. They may
also vary depending upon the particular circumstances of the case, the
defendant's criminal record (if any) and the jurisdiction. Following
are some basic penalties which are covered under California penal code:
- Sex with a minor, when the defendant is less than 3 years older than the
victim, is a misdemeanor offense and may be punishable by up to 12 months
in county jail and fines of $2,000 to $5,000.
- Sex with a minor, when the defendant is more than 3 years older than the
victim may be a misdemeanor or a felony offense, punishable by a fine
of up to $10,000 and imprisonment in state prison or county jail.
- Sex with a minor involving a defendant who is over 21 and a victim who
is under 16 may be punishable by 2, 3 or 4 years in state prison.
Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys in Los Angeles, CA
Do not delay in consulting a
Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyer at our firm if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges involving
sex with a minor. Immediate action needs to be taken so you can avoid
imprisonment, heavy fines and sex offender registration. At our firm,
we have the expertise in this field to provide high-quality legal representation
both inside and outside of the courtroom.