Statutory Rape Defense 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 by anyone.

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 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 35 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.

Call our offices today at (888) 674-2283 to set up your initial consultation and be proactive with your pending charges.

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