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San Jose Statutory Rape And Child Molestation

Having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor is a serious sex crime in California. This is true even if the minor completely consented to the sexual acts. This crime is known as statutory rape. Even if you are very close in age to the minor, you can still be charged and be subject to the severe consequences of a conviction. However, there are defenses including whether you had a reasonable belief that the minor was over 18 years of age or insufficient evidence to corroborate the crime.

At the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson, we know the ins and outs of the statutory rape and child molestation laws in California. Based in San Jose, we provide dedicated criminal defense representation to anyone accused of sex with a minor. Schedule a consultation with our attorneys online or by calling our office at 408-246-3004.

What Does The Law Define A Minor As?

A minor in California is considered anyone under the age of 18. This is different from other surrounding states. Some states define a minor as someone under the age of 17, and other states go as low as 16. However, under California law, any adult engaging in sexual contact with someone under 18 years of age may face the serious consequences for these sexual criminal charges. Nevertheless, a defendant’s reasonable belief that the minor was in fact over 18 can be a defense.

If you are facing charges of child molestation or statutory rape, we can help. Do not hesitate to contact our law firm for advice and guidance.

How Can It Be Rape If We Are In A Consenting Relationship?

The law does not care whether you have been in a consensual relationship or not. If someone over the age of 18 has sex with someone under the age of 18, statutory rape may have occurred. If not properly defended you will be facing a sex crime charge that will be on your record forever. There are defenses and we can help you identify and pursue them early and effectively.

Get The Help You Need

Consult with a criminal defense team that has the experience that you need. Call our San Jose office at 408-246-3004 to speak with a lawyer who has a proven reputation defending the rights of those accused of sex crimes throughout California.

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