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What is statutory rape in New York State?

Statutory rape is sexual activity where one person is below the age of consent. This means that the sexual activity is considered a crime whether or not the young person consented to it, because they are deemed incapable of consent.

Statutory rape is considered a strict liability offense, meaning that the prosecution does not have to prove intent. Even if the young person lied and said that they were over the age of consent, the person engaging in sexual activity with them can still be found guilty of breaking the law.

The age of consent varies from state to state. In New York State, the age of consent is 17, so an individual can be charged with statutory rape for engaging in sexual activity with a person under the age of 17.

It is important to understand that although statutory rape is a strict liability offense, an aggressive defense strategy is still possible and advisable. Statutory rape charges can be devastating to an individual’s reputation, and a conviction can lead to incarceration and registration as a sex offender. Contact Brill Legal Group to learn how we can protect your rights.

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