Statutory Rape Charges: What The Accused Should Know

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Statutory rape is considered one of the lesser sex crimes, but it comes along with serious repercussions and legal ramifications just the same. Statutory rape, which is often referred to as a lower degree of rape like second-degree rape, involves having a sexual encounter with an individual who is under the legal age of consent. Here are a few things you may want to know if you have been accused. 

Can the parents of the proposed victim drop the charges?

It is possible for parents to drop the charges against an accused perpetrator in some states even after the initial charges have been filed. However, this must be a decision by the parents and not something done by the victim. The victim in question has no say on whether charges can be dropped, even if that individual reaches an age beyond the legal age of consent. 

Is statutory rape considered a felony?

Each province has its own definitions of statutory rape. Some treat the crime as a felony and some treat it as a misdemeanor. Regardless, there can be major penalties involved. 

Do you have to register as a sex offender when charged with statutory rape?

The answer to this question can vary depending on the state where you live. Some places do require all sex crime perpetrators to register as sex offenders regardless of the nature of the crime. However, there are other places where statutory rape is not recognized as the type of crime that should require sex offender registry. It is best to discuss the requirements in your area with your criminal lawyer to find out what you need to do. 

What does the age of consent mean?

Age of consent is a legal phrase used to describe what legal age an individual can agree to sex with another person. In a lot of states, the age of consent is naturally 18 years old, but there are some states where the age of consent is 16. 

What does a statutory rape with aggravating factors mean?

In some states, statutory rape can come along with aggravating factors, and these factors can mean the charge is a more serious offense if you are found guilty. An example of an aggravating factor would be if there are several years of an age difference between you and the victim or if the individual had mental disabilities or impairments that affected their judgment. 


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