Minneapolis Statutory Rape Attorney & Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
A charge of statutory rape is a difficult one to face because the long-term impact the charge can have on your life is significant. A conviction can lead to prison time, fines, and lifetime registration on the sex offender registry. Even if sexual contact was consensual, it doesn’t matter if the victim was under the age of 16. Even in a case where a person over the age of 16 may have a consensual relationship with someone under 16, sexual contact can lead to a statutory rape charge. No matter the reason for the charge, you need the help of a skilled Minneapolis criminal sexual conduct attorney.
Jennifer Speas has the experience you need in your case. She can get to the heart of the matter, evaluate evidence, and use all resources and use the information to build a strong case for you.
Using The Facts In Your Statutory Rape Case
Minnesota law has an “age differential” that is addressed. If the victim is under the age of 13, the age differential is three years. If they are between 13 and 16 years of age, the age differential is four years. If a 20-year-old has a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old, it is considered a crime. However, a 13-year-old having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old isn’t considered a crime because the age differential is 3 years. This prevents a teenager from getting into serious trouble if they have a sexual relationship with their teenage boyfriend or girlfriend who is a little younger than they are.
However, in a case where the age differential is too great, there can be very serious life-changing penalties. If convicted and placed on the sex offender registry, there will be a lot of difficulties finding employment, a place to live, and the need to notify neighborhoods that you are moving in so they know there is a sex offender in their vicinity.
Using Effective Strategies In Your Defense
Ms. Speas is a Minneapolis criminal sexual conduct attorney who will put together a solid criminal defense for you. The goal is to minimize or eliminate the consequences so you can move on with your life as soon as possible. Even when conviction can’t be avoided, the goal is to obtain a fair outcome so you can have a future. This involves a strategic defense and commitment to you from start to finish.
Contact A Minneapolis Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorney
Statutory rape is a serious offense to be accused of. If you or a loved one has been accused of statutory rape, it is important to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. With the right defense, it is possible to get a fair result. To learn more, contact the Speas Law Firm, P.A. at 612-333-6160 to request a initial consultation.