Criminal Lawyer for Sex Offenses Against Minors

California law defines statutory rape (Penal Code Section 261.5) as sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor. This is a felony sex crime offense even when the sexual activity was consensual, because a minor is deemed unable to give legal consent to have sexual intercourse. There are a few exceptions, however, so it is critical that a criminal lawyer review the circumstances of your case to determine if you could avoid statutory rape charges altogether.

If you are convicted of statutory rape, the penalties will vary primarily depending upon the age of the defendant and the victim. Lesser penalties will apply if the defendant and victim are close in age (normally by 3 years or less). Increased penalties could be imposed if the victim is below 16 years of age and the defendant is 21 years or older.

Statutory rape criminal charges are often difficult to defend. In many cases, the sexual activity occurred when the minor consented or even initiated. However, according to the law an adult cannot participate in sexual intercourse with a minor, unless they are legally married.

Contact a Sex Crime Lawyer in Los Angeles

If you are facing criminal sex crime charges of statutory rape charges in Los Angeles, or anywhere in the State of California, you need to consult a defense lawyer as soon as possible. You could face imprisonment, fines and mandatory sex offender registration. You should let a lawyer at the law office of Cron, Israels & Stark review your case to determine how we can fight these charges.

By reviewing your sex crime charges and discussing your options, a defense attorney at our firm can begin providing you with dedicated legal counsel that you will need to effectively fight these serious criminal charges. Call our law firm as soon as possible for an immediate consultation with a lawyer to find out how we can help. When you call our office, your case will be handles discreetly and the information we discuss is strictly confidential.