Tampa Statutory Rape Attorney

Consent is Not a Defense for Statutory Rape

The fact that a minor agreed to or gave consent for a sexual act does not make for a defense or an allowable act. The facts are that legally a minor is not recognized as having the capacity to give consent. In other words, any consent given is invalid.

There are a number of complexities to the application of this law but in general it is meant to punish adults that took advantage of or engaged in sex with a minor. While rape is commonly defined as

  • An act of forced sex or sex obtained through threats of force and intimidation
  • Having sex with another that has not or cannot give their consent

Thus the law is very precise in defining even an act of consensual sex with a minor as rape. Unable to give consent this violates our legal and social principles. If the act also included force, threats or intimidation then the punishment will be much harsher and treated as a crime of violence as well. These are very tough charges to be up against and an individual will face great social pressures as well as harsh prosecution efforts. Having a Tampa sex crimes defense attorney with in depth familiarity of how to not only defend but to prosecute such charges is invaluable. Our job at The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger is to work hard to keep you out of prison and to do everything we can to prevent you from being labeled as a sex offender.

Penalties for Statutory Rape

Sex crimes that involve minors carry a level of penalty that is relatively unique. While as with any other felony an individual will be looking at time behind bars these crimes also carry heavy social stigma and the subsequent labeling as a sex offender. This action alone can stain your name and haunt you for years, if not life.

Attorney Tim Hessinger has many years of experience in the State Attorney's Office prosecuting such crimes. This gives us the background and insight of how to look for weaknesses in cases and to pursue dismissals of cases or effectively negotiate for reduced charges. Sex crimes that involve minors can lead to harsh sentencing and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Please act quickly and contact a Tampa statutory rape defense attorney. The earlier we get started, the better our chances are of a beneficial outcome for you.

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