Statutory rape is also known as unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. This is viewed as a second degree felony in the eyes of Florida law and if you are facing these charges you need to hire a sex crimes defense attorney immediately to pursue the best route of action for your case. This type of crime is very difficult to prove if there are no admissions or no direct evidence to prove that a sexual act occurred. A skilled attorney from the Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys can take on your case right away and fight for your justice.Elements of Statutory Rape
There are three elements that can prove a statutory rape was committed:
- Victim was between the ages of 16 and 17 years old
- Accused was 24 years old or above
- Accused engaged in sexual activity with the minor where his/her sexual organs penetrated or had union with the minor’s mouth, vagina or anus
Consent of the minor or willingness to engage in sexual acts is irrelevant to statutory rape charges in the state of Florida. Unknowingly participating in sexual activity with a minor who you believe to be of legal age is also extraneous. The only single “affirmative” defense that does not negate any of the crime elements is the disability of the victim’s age removed per Florida statute.
This crime is punishable by the minimum of 5.5 years in prison and the maximum of 15 years in prison with eligibility for parole. The defendant could possibly face registration as a sexual offender for life along with prison time. This crime is not considered a “dangerous crime” so a pretrial release is available via bond.You are Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Our Florida Rape Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know that we have all seen cases portrayed on TV and the Internet where has someone has been wrongfully accused of rape becuase the “victim” felt jealous, rejected, or was just looking to seek revenge. It does happen, and maybe more often than you think. We have seen our fair share of these cases, which is why we never jump to conclusions and know that you are innocent until proven guilty. We firmly believe that it takes more than just one person’s word of rape to lead to a conviction, which is why we will comb through every shred of evidence yo find any favorable evidence that can corroborate your version of what happened. As former prosecutors, we know the threshold of proof when it comes to rape and other types of sex crimes cases. We are fully prepared to take the prosecution head on and will never back down when it comes to defending your rights.
Don’t face statutory rape charges alone. The Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys can assist you with your charges and point you in the best direction. We can negotiate and fight for your rights.
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