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Statutory Rape

By definition, statutory rape in New York is classified as rape in the second degree, a Class D felony or rape in the third degree, a class E felony. Brill Legal Group, P.C., represents people who have been charged with sex crimes such as statutory rape and child sexual assault. As with any criminal charges, we urge you to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been accused or charged — or if you have reason to believe that you may be accused or charged with such an offense.

Why You Should Talk To A Sex Crime Defense Lawyer As Soon As Possible If You Are Under Suspicion Of Statutory Rape

Trying to deal with such charges on your own can prove disastrous for your future. Discussing the case with anyone at all (your family, an investigator or the alleged victim, for example) can ruin your chances of a successful defense before your criminal case even gets underway. An early consultation with an experienced lawyer may mean the difference between your freedom and loss of that freedom. If you are under suspicion but have not yet been charged, this is the best time to talk to an attorney.

Consequences Of A Conviction For Rape In The Second Degree Or Third Degree

A sex crime conviction can result in a prison sentence, fines and other penalties and negative consequences, such as sex offender registration. A felony on your record may permanently bar you from your current profession or a number of potential careers. The stakes are so high that it is worth your very best efforts to defend yourself vigorously, regardless of what it takes to do so. Our New York City sex crime defense attorneys can help ensure that you have the best chance at a favorable outcome if you have been accused, charged or arrested on suspicion of statutory rape.

The Definition Of Statutory Rape In Greater Detail

The definition of statutory rape is sexual intercourse between an adult and someone younger than age 15. If the difference in age is less than four years, sexual activity may not rise to the level of a criminal act. In other words, sexual contact between an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old may not meet the criteria of a sex crime, but the same actions between an 18-year-old and a 13-year-old could bring criminal charges against the 18-year-old. Sexual activity between an adult and another adult who is “incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated” is also considered statutory rape.

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Take action now if you have been charged with rape in the second degree or rape in the third degree. The stigma of a conviction for sexual relations with a minor can ruin your life as you have known it. We urge you not to entrust your case to an attorney with little experience in second degree rape cases. Our attorneys have both the knowledge and the zeal that can give you a positive outcome after you have been accused of statutory rape.

Contact us today — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year — and let us explain how we can help after you have been charged with rape in Southampton, East Hampton or anywhere in New York City.

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