Fort Lauderdale Statutory Rape Attorney

You Need a Fort Lauderdale Sex Crime Lawyer!

The age of consent in Florida is 18. Anyone caught engaging in sexual acts with someone who is younger than 18 can be charged with statutory rape. What makes this charge different from other types of sex crimes, such as rape, is that minors are legally incapable of providing consent.

Statutory rape carries many consequences, which can include the following:

  • Second-degree felony charge
  • At least 15 years and up to 40 years in prison
  • Habitual offenders may receive life imprisonment
  • Death penalty if someone died as a result of the act

Statutory rape laws can be quite complicated. Cases can involve minors and their parents or other family members. Defendants can feel confused and taken aback by the accusation. There are so many provisions in the law, but there are also weaknesses that the defense can use to help their client’s case.

Florida’s “Romeo and Juliet” Law

The law has a provision for 16 and 17-year-olds that allows them to consent to sexual intercourse with anyone between the ages of 16 and 23. This is called the “Romeo and Juliet” law, and it protects some individuals from being labeled with lifelong designation as a sex offender. This can be lifted in instances where the victim was at least 14 years old, and there was no more than a three-year age difference with the partner.

We Have 40+ Years of Experience

If you are facing a charge as serious as statutory rape, or any other crime, this is when you will need a seasoned Fort Lauderdale sex crime attorney to help you form a solid defense for your case. We have previously worked as prosecutors for the state, and we have also practiced at different levels of Florida’s state courts.

We are prepared to fight your charges and protect your reputation. Call us now to schedule a free consultation!

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