Florida Statutory Rape Laws
Statutory rape is the crime of nonconsensual sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 18. The age of consent in the state of Florida is 18; this means that an individual who is above this age may consensually have sex with anyone. There are various exceptions to this law, and it is important to understand these laws so that you are not charged with a serious crime by mistake. There is a distinction between the age of consent, and the legal age of consent. In this case, an individual who is 16-17 years old may consensually have sex with someone who is not older than 24.
If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of statutory rape, then you could face very serious penalties. Your situation is important to us, and at Thomas & Paulk, P.A., you may look to us for the skillful and highly aggressive legal representation that you need on your side. We have been serving the residents of this state for a number of years, we understand the process, and we can put our extensive legal experience to work for you if you choose to work with us.
Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer
Have you been arrested and charged with a sex crime such as statutory rape? It is vitally important to understand the penalties that you could face, and that you take the necessary steps to pursue a favorable outcome. If you are more than 24 years of age, and you have engaged in sexual activity with a person 16-17 years of age, then you could be arrested and charged with a second degree felony. The penalties for conviction of a second degree felony, according to Florida Statute §775.082(3.a.4.c), include a prison sentence of up to 15 years, but not less than five.
This is a serious penalty that could alter your future; in addition, you could be required to register as a sex offender. This is also a serious penalty as this will follow you for the rest of your life, and could prevent you from obtaining housing, employment, bank loans, and other benefits that require a background check. Your case is important to us, and you can look to our firm for the skillful and aggressive legal assistance that you need on your side.
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