Statutory Rape in Northern California

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Unlike rape, where sexual intercourse is forced upon another person, the phrase “statutory rape” refers to sexual relations in which both parties consent to a sexual act or intercourse, with one of those parties being a minor under 18 years of age. Not only is statutory rape punishable by extensive prison jail or prison sentences and expensive fines, but it also includes lifetime sex offender registration, which can permanently damage your personal and professional life.

At The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch, we are dedicated to helping our clients either get their charges reduced, or their case dismissed entirely. Our Fresno sex crime attorney can investigate your arrest, gather evidence, and develop an effective defense strategy just for you.

Penalties for Statutory Rape

Statutory rape is considered a wobbler, meaning that it could either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of the case. The age difference between the defendant and the minor is one of the significant factors determining how the crime is tried.

  • If the defendant is no more than three years older than the victim: Maximum jail sentence of one year & a fine of up to $1,000
  • If the defendant is 21 or older and the victim is under 16: Felony sentencing punishable by up to four years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000

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The punishment for statutory rape in California can be severe and potentially life-altering. With more than 15 years of experience, our Fresno criminal defense attorney has an extensive knowledge of state law in order to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.

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