Los Angeles Sex with a Minor Lawyer
Any type of sex crime allegation is damaging to your reputation. However, an allegation of sex with a minor is particularly devastating due to the stigma associated with the crime. Pursuant to California law, you must be 18 years old to be capable of legally consenting to sex. Consequently anyone under the age of 18 is off-limits for a sexual experience. Referred to as “statutory rape”, sex with a minor carries penalties that could include jail time, fines, counseling, compulsory AIDS testing, probation, and the lifelong stigma and consequences associated with being on the California sex offender roster.
California Law that Addresses Sex with a Minor
California law allows prosecutors to charge a person who engages in sex with a person under the age of 18 with either a misdemeanor or a felony. For instance, if you have sex with a minor who is within three years of your age, you can be charged with a misdemeanor, which could result in a year in jail. However, if an individual who is 21 years old or older have sex with a minor of any age, he or she can be charged with a felony that could result in a four-year jail sentence.
In addition to a charge of statutory rape, a claim of sex with a minor may, depending upon the circumstances, be escalated to a charge of molestation, sexual assault or worse, with penalties increasing in relation to the severity of the charge.
Defenses for a Charge of Sex with a Minor
The strength of your legal defense in the case of a charge of sex with a minor will determine the ultimate outcome of your particular case. Having a skilled California criminal defense attorney on your side who has the experience to evaluate your case and help you determine what your best course of action should be will increase your chances for an optimal outcome to your case. Sometimes, criminal defense lawyers are able to negotiate on your behalf with California prosecutors to reduce the original charge against you or have the charges dismissed depending upon the circumstances of your case, meaning that you may not have to go to trial.
R. J. Manuelian has Extensive Experience in Defense of Those Accused of Sex with a Minor
If you are facing an accusation of sex with a minor, you require the experience and skill of an aggressive criminal defense lawyer. R.J. Manuelian has extensive experience in the handling of sex crime cases, and can see that your rights are not violated and that you receive the best representation possible in fighting a charge of sex with a minor.