Statutory Rape in Florida
Understanding Statutory Rape and the Serious Consequences
In Florida, the age of consent to sexual intercourse with another person
of any age is 18. Minors who are aged 16 and 17 may also consent to intercourse
with anyone up to age 24, and the adult will not be subject to penalty
unless the minor is disabled. Statutory rape charges may be filed against
anyone over the age of 24 who has consensual sexual intercourse with a
minor or anyone between 18 and 24 who has non-consensual intercourse with
a minor aged 16 or 17. Unless the minor is 16 or more years of age, the
parents have the authority of consent. The statute of limitations is 3
years in Florida, and any attempt to bring charges for a statutory rape
offense that occurred more than 3 years will not result in charges.
This can be a very complicated area of criminal law, especially when we
are working with clients who are in relationships with minors, and may
be a few years older. In many situations, parents may be motivated to
press charges as a means to end a relationship between their child and
the accused. In other cases, pressing charges can be seen as an act of
retaliation for a relationship that has ended. No matter the reason, statutory
rape charges and their harsh consequences should not be taken lightly
Penalties for Statutory Rape
Individuals who are convicted of statutory rape in Florida can expect to
receive prison sentences of up to 15 years. 30-year prison terms may also
be imposed on defendants who have already been convicted twice before.
These are serious penalties and in some cases, they may not warrant the
act itself. Severity of sentence depends heavily on factors such as the
circumstances of the act and the effectiveness of your defense.
Our Punta Gorda criminal defense lawyers have developed dependable strategies
for defense against many different
sex crimes including
child pornography and
prostitution. Our attorneys have a deep comprehension of Florida statutes for statutory
rape, and a well-rounded body of work that reflects our expertise in the field.
Defense for Statutory Rape Charges in Punta Gorda
Despite the intimidating penalties and crack-down mentality that law enforcement
agencies have toward statutory rape in Florida, it is possible to face
down your charges. Age differences will certainly play an instrumental
role in your charges as well as your conviction, but there are other important
factors that can have an impact on the court's decision at sentencing.
For example, defendants who were in a committed relationship with a minor
may face significantly less scrutiny than a 25-year old that had sexual
intercourse with a 17-year old without the parents' consent. The former
scenario will likely have a more successful conclusion as long as the
representing attorney can be effective in court.
At Leskovich Law Group, P.A., we have over 25 years of combined experience
in making sure our clients are thoroughly understood by the court, including
its jury and judges. By combining our expert representation skills with
logical arguments in your
criminal defense, we have helped many clients avoid maximum penalties for statutory rape
charges, and even avoid conviction wherever possible.