Statutory Rape Laws Are Complex

People facing statutory rape charges are often confused about why they are being charged with a crime. They may have had consensual sex with someone younger and don't understand why the law says they committed a crime.

There are many nuances to statutory rape cases. And like all sex offenses, you must take the charges seriously. Being accused of a sex crime is all it takes to damage your reputation for many years. At Ridley Defense in Ventura, we represent people facing all types of sex crime charges. With a former deputy district attorney leading the firm, we know how to find weaknesses in the case against you. You can rely on attorney Douglas H. Ridley's extensive experience on both sides of criminal law. He will work tirelessly to defend you, whether that is through negotiations or at trial. Find out how our law firm can help you at 805.208.1866. We serve clients in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, and Southern California. We are available 24/7 and there is no charge for your consultation.

The Details Of Every Statutory Rape Case Are Unique

In California, the age of consent is 18. Anyone under 18 is considered a minor, and anyone 18 or older is an adult. When an adult has sexual relations with a minor, the state considers that a crime: California Penal Code 261.5.

There are different penalties for the various types of statutory rape. Depending on the age of the minor, the adult will face different penalties. In general, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. The penalties for a conviction for statutory rape include a jail or prison sentence and fines ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. In addition, if convicted you may be required to register as a sex offender in California and nationally.

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You don't want to face this alone. Call our firm at 805.208.1866 or contact us online. We offer a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.