San Diego Statutory Rape Attorney

Understanding PC 261.5

Engaging in the sexual act with an individual who is younger than the age of consent (18 in California) is statutory rape. The particular laws concerning statutory rape vary according to the states where the crime was committed. The courts deem that anyone who is not of the age of consent is unable to give consent responsibly for involvement in sexual relations.

It is a complicated and confusing area of the law and it is best to contact a San Diego criminal defense lawyer for legal advice if accused of statutory rape. The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC has successfully defended clients charged with statutory rape and other sex crimes, and we can help you fight these serious allegations.

Penalties for Statutory Rape in California

A person convicted of statutory rape in most cases is required to register with local law enforcement as a sex offender. Registration involves the placing of the offender's name and address and photograph in a database for use by the public. Offenders are required to check in regularly with the county sheriff as well as notifying of any change of address. A failure to adhere to the rules can result in more penalties.

Sex offenders are prohibited from holding certain types of professional licenses. Many offenders lose their jobs, friends and families, and lose child custody. The law can impose restrictions on where one can live and how close one can be to schools, playgrounds, public swimming pools, religious facilities and public parks.

Choose a Top San Diego Sex Crime Lawyer

Statutory rape cases can have many variables. Those involved may lie about their age. Other circumstances can complicate the position of the accused. It takes a good attorney to get to the facts of the case. A skilled lawyer can gather the information about the allegations and formulate a positive and compelling defense for the client.

It is vital that you meet with an attorney right away in order to take control of the situation. Make an appointment today for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced lawyers from The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC to discuss your statutory rape charges. Contact our team to learn how we can fight for you!