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!