Statutory Rape Is Still a Serious Sex Crime You Can't Afford to Take a Deal. You Need to Fight.

Tampa Statutory Rape Defense Attorneys

Statutory rape is the crime of non-consensual sexual intercourse with a person 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 consent to 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 consent to sex with someone who is not older than 24.

If you have been charged with statutory rape, you could face serious penalties. Your situation is important to us, and at Thomas & Paulk, P.A., you may look to us for the skillful, highly aggressive legal representation that you need on your side. We have been serving the residents of this state for many years. We understand the process, and we can put our extensive legal experience to work for you if you choose to work with us.

Call our office today to speak with a skilled representative and to begin pursuing strong representation in your case.

Defense for Charges of Statutory Rape in Tampa

Charged with a sex crime such as statutory rape? It is vitally important to understand the penalties you could face. If you are more than 24 years of age and have engaged in sexual activity with a person 16-17 years of age, 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 5.

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.

We care about our clients and we will stand by you from start to finish of your case if you choose to work with us. Do not hesitate! Our team is ready to begin working to build a strong defense of your case.

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