A statutory rape offense depends solely on the ages of the parties involved. Florida sex crimes laws provide that minors are legally unable to consent; therefore it is important to remember that even if the minor gives actual consent to the sexual activities, the State of Florida law maintains that when the victim is under the age of consent, the law considers the victim as not old enough to give consent to sex. The legal effect is the equivalent as if no consent had been given. Throughout the U.S. the age of consent ranges from 14 years old to 18 years old, with 16 years old being the most common age.
Most jurisdictions do not utilize the term statutory rape. Other classifications for this form of offense are:
In general, rape charges are often accused by "he said, she said" statements, which in this case the principle evidence is the word of the alleged rape victim. The result of rape cases is contingent largely on the criminal defense attorney you hire to legally represent you. The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC provide competent legal defense representation to clients in Brevard County, Florida, including the cities and towns of Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Titusville, Viera, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach, West Melbourne, Palm Bay and Rockledge. Our Melbourne statutory rape lawyers will strive to avoid lifetime sex offender registration and harsh penalties for our clients.
Florida laws regarding statutory rape are complicated because an individual who engages in sexual activity with a minor, occasionally when the minor has misrepresented their age, is still liable to be charged with statutory rape. The fact that the accused statutory rape offender had reason to think the victim was of legal age is not a valid defense.
A statutory rape conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. If convicted, you can face a lifetime registration as a sex offender and severe criminal penalties.
Sex crime charges are normally in the words of the accused offender against the word of the victim. Offenders should understand that it is imperative not be tempted to plead guilty early in these forms of cases. Hiring an attorney is a significant decision, at The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys will strive to plan a strong defense for you that will overpower the prosecution.
Physical evidence may be available directly after the alleged statutory rape act. Evidence of this nature could be used in your defense if you obtain an efficient criminal defense team without delay.
An efficient criminal defense law firm often employs psychologists, medical professional, investigators and a skilled sex crime attorney with the expertise to use these tools in the most effective manner.
Our skilled criminal defense attorneys are ready and willing to defend you. Contact us for immediate representation. Call us at (321) 253-3447 or provide us with your case details in our online form. The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC represent clients accused of Statutory Rape Brevard County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Indian River County, FL.