Statutory rape is a charge that can result whether the sex was agreed upon or not. However, just because you are charged doesn’t mean you will be convicted. Conviction can lead to fines, prison time, and lifetime registration as a sex offender on Minnesota’s sex offender registry. The goal is for you to not be convicted or for the charges to be reduced in some way.
Committed Criminal Defense
The moment we start to work on your case, we are committed to creating unique defense strategies that are designed to get results. There are instances where statutory rape penalties do not have to be extremely serious, such as when the person under the age of consent that had age with the person over the age of consent were close in age. This is where age differential can come into play. The differential is three years if the victim is under 13 years of age and four years if the victim is between the ages of 13 and 16. For example, a 20-year-old who has sexual relations with a 15-year-old is going to be charged with a crime because the age differential is over four years. If the younger party is 16-years-old, then the 20-year-old may not have to face such harsh consequences.
Age differentials also apply if both parties are under the age of consent. These laws are referred to as “Romeo and Juliet laws” because they exist to soften the consequences for teens who may engage in consensual sex with one another. If both parties are underage and one is just slightly over the age of consent, the punishment is much less. For instance, the older individual may not have to register as a sex offender.
Creating Unique Defense Strategies
Your Southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney will create a defense strategy that is unique to your case in order to lessen the consequences. If the sex was consensual, that fact will be brought up, as well as any age differential information. If the younger party says that the sex was not consensual, then witness statements, evidence, and other information will be brought about to help you receive the best outcome in the case. It is very important for your attorney to work toward you paying as few penalties as possible so you can move past the matter and into the future when it is all over.
Contact A Mankato Criminal Defense Lawyer
Statutory rape is a very serious crime to be accused of. It is one that can result in a harsh sentence whether the sex was consensual or not. If you have been charged with statutory rape, it is very important that you seek legal representation by an attorney who is experienced with these cases. Call the Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office, Chtd. at 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation.