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How to Defend Against Statutory Rape Charges

How to Defend Against Statutory Rape Charges

Statutory rape and other sex crimes are harshly penalized, something you may be learning firsthand if you’ve been accused of statutory rape. Worse, it can be difficult to defend your case; many defense people may use are often not enough to prevent a conviction in the courtroom.

That’s where a sex crime lawyer can step in. Your lawyer can help you identify the best defense for your case, one based on the evidence gathered for your case. Below are some ways your lawyer can help you get the charges dropped and dismissed, as well as some common misunderstandings about these charges.

What If I Didn’t Know They Were Underage?

Many people believe that, if they didn’t know the victim was underage, that they’re not at fault for the crime. Sometimes, the victim may have even presented a fake ID card that stated they were above the age of consent.

But that argument isn’t enough to protect you. Mistake of age defenses aren’t viable in North Carolina. If you tried to defend your case on these grounds, without a lawyer, you may face harsh penalties for the crime.

Consent of the Victim

In other cases, you may hope that the victim may not press charges. You may have had a close relationship with them, and you may not believe they would press charges. But this consent defense won’t hold up either.

That’s because the consent of the victim doesn’t matter if they’re below the age of consent. This means they’re not mature enough by law to decide to consent. Even if they don’t want to press charges, you may still face time in North Carolina’s criminal court.

The Details of Your Statutory Rape Case Matter

But that doesn’t mean there are no grounds for a defense. Your sex crime lawyer can review the details of your case and find a case-specific defense that works for you. For example, you may have grounds for a defense if you believe this is a case of mistaken identity. You may have been arrested, but you weren’t involved with the minor in question.

Your lawyer can identify other grounds for a defense in your case. They can also use any evidence gathered in physical or psychological exams for your case. If you’re not sure where to begin, discuss the details of your case with a lawyer to seek help.

Take Your Case to a Defense Lawyer

You may have been accused of statutory rape, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. You may have a chance to get the charges against you dropped or dismissed. Even a reduced sentence can help you avoid some devastating losses. 

But don’t tackle your case alone. Talk to the lawyers at The Chetson Firm before you sue. Your lawyer can help you build a defense that covers the specifics of your case. Every case is different, and your lawyer is here to help you make the best of your case. When you’re ready to defend your case, call us at 919-352-9411 or fill out the online contact form below. 

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