Sex with a Minor / Statutory Rape in California
Unlawful sex involving any degree of penetration with a person under the
age of 18 is called statutory
rape. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or
felony depending on the circumstances of the situation. One of the key factors in a
statutory rape case is the age difference between the parties that engaged in the act.
If you have been charged with statutory rape, a Los Angeles criminal defense
attorney from our firm can provide valuable counsel regarding your legal
options and possible defense strategies. You can be charged with statutory
rape even if the alleged victim consented to the sexual act.
A guilty verdict in a statutory rape case can result in:
- Jail time
Criminal penalties for misdemeanor statutory rape include probation, up
to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. A felony conviction can result
in probation, up to 4 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines. There
are also civil penalties for a statutory rape case that can range from
$5,000 to $25,000 depending on the ages of the defendant and alleged victim.
Martinian & Associates - Fighting for Your Legal Rights
Martinian & Associates is a criminal defense firm that has successfully
represented clients in cases involving statutory rape. We are tough litigators in
sex crime cases and aggressively protect the constitutional rights of our clients.
Our firm will also seek to have charges reduced or the case dismissed
whenever possible, and can also be counted on to advocate for alternative