Statutory Rape Lawyers
What Is Rape?
The modern definition of rape can vary widely in each state. Traditionally it was considered sexual intercourse between a man and a woman that was done forcibly against the woman's will. However, many states do not put as much emphasis on the "forcible" requirement now, so that situations like a man having sex with a drugged woman, or a man using false pretenses to have sex with a woman, could be considered rape.
In many states rape laws are gender-neutral, so they apply not only to acts between a man and a woman, but also between individuals of the same sex.
What Is Statutory Rape?
While the statutes defining statutory rape vary from state to state, it is usually the act of sexual intercourse by an older person with a female who is considered a minor. It is common for states to define it in a two-level approach:
- Sexual intercourse with a very young girl (exact age limit varies from state to state) is punishable at the level of forcible rape
- Sexual intercourse with an older girl (especially if the man is older by a certain number of years) is usually considered a lesser degree felony
What Is the Penalty for Committing Rape?
Besides homicide, rape is generally considered the most serious crime. The penalties for rape vary from state to state, but commonly the maximum penalty is life in prison or a lengthy sentence of many years.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I am Charged with Rape?
A criminal defense attorney can be vital to defending rape charges. A criminal defense lawyer knows your state's rape laws and has experience defending people charged with similar crimes.
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Last Modified: 02-04-2014 11:38 AM PST
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