Orange County Sex Crime Lawyer | Newburgh, Goshen And Middletown
Statutory rape, also known as sex with a minor, is considered illegal because the law assumes that individuals under the age of 17 cannot legally consent to sex with an adult. Whether the minor in question consented to a sexual act is irrelevant. If you have been charged with statutory rape, you should speak with a sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible to decide how to best proceed.
Statutory Rape Penalties Are No Joke
Penalties for engaging in sex with a minor vary depending on several factors. If the offender is over the age of 21 and has sex with a minor under the age of 17, the law classifies this as third degree rape which carries a potential prison term of up to four years. If the accused is over the age of 18 and the victim is under the age of 15, a second degree rape charge can be imposed which carries up to seven years in prison. First degree rape charges are reserved for those accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 11, or a minor under the age of 13 if the defendant is over the age of 18. First degree rape carries a possible prison sentence of up to 35 years.
Charges stemming from having sex with a minor can be complex and confusing to young people who are in relationships with individuals who are younger than they are. Many of these charges arise from angry parents who at some point condoned the relationship, but ultimately decided to press charges. The New York Statutory Rape Lawyers at Whittel & Melton strongly believe that those accused of engaging in sex with a minor are entitled to an aggressive defense in order to receive the most favorable outcome. To discuss your case in more detail with a sex crimes defense lawyer, call Whittel & Melton today at 866-608-5529.
New York City & Orange County Sex Crimes Defense
A conviction for statutory rape carries quite severe consequences. Aside from jail or prison time, a person convicted of sex with a minor can face probation, parole, mandatory therapy and counseling and mandatory registration as a sex offender, possibly for life. At Whittel & Melton, our staff of criminal defense lawyers understands sex crimes charges and has the experience needed to handle statutory rape cases throughout New York City and Orange County. As former prosecutors, we know how the State prepares for and approaches sex crimes cases. We can pick apart these cases and identify favorable evidence that can be used to our clients benefit. To begin receiving the personalized attention you and your case deserve, contact Whittel & Melton today online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.
Contact Our NYC & Orange County Statutory Rape Defense Lawyers
If you have been charged with statutory rape in the New York City metropolitan area or in Newburgh, Goshen or Pine Bush, we can help. Contact us today online or reach us by telephone at 866‐608‐5529. A New York Statutory Rape Attorney at Whittel & Melton will always stand by your side and protect your rights.
We represent those accused of statutory rape, and all other sex crimes, throughout New York including – Middletown, Town of Walkil, Scotchtown, Newburgh, Goshen, Pine Bush, Monroe, Chester, Warwick, Washingtonville and Port Jervis.