Accused of Statutory Rape?

Our Dedicated Miami Sex Crime Attorneys Can Help

Statutory rape statutes revolve around Florida's age of consent laws. The law assumes that minors—anyone under the age of 18—cannot not knowingly consent to their own sexual activity. These laws, however, can lead to very complex and sensitive cases involving young people who have entered sexual relationships or activity. While there has been some effort from lawmakers to address these situations, many accused find themselves facing severe penalties after participating in what they believed to be appropriate circumstances.

If you have been accused of statutory rape, the time to start exploring your legal options is now. Our seasoned legal team at DeFabio, Beckham & Solis, Attorneys at Law can bring more than 50 years of criminal defense experience to your aid. We understand how sensitive these matters can be and always approach them with the preparedness and assertiveness necessary to secure a favorable outcome.

Reductions and dismissals can be possible. Contact our team to begin mounting your defense today.

Understanding Age of Consent in Florida

In the state of Florida, the age of consent is 18. That means that as soon as someone turns 18 years of age, they can have consensual sexual intercourse without any legal ramifications for older partners. For minors under the age of 18, however, consent laws become more nuanced and prohibitive.

Ages of consent laws in Florida are as follows:

  • Those age 18 can have consensual intercourse with anyone 16 and older.
  • Those ages 16 and 17 can have consensual intercourse with anyone up to the age of 24.

Additionally, statutory rape can be charged when someone between the ages of 24 and 18 has non-consensual intercourse with any minor (under 18). Statutory rape is considered a second degree felony. Repeat offenses and the involvement of disable victims could also affect the outcome of these charges. If you have been accused, contact our firm today. Our dedicated Miami sex crime lawyers are ready to hear your story and begin developing an effective, robust defense strategy on your behalf.

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