Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer in Richmond

About Virginia's Statutory Rape Laws

Statutory rape is a sex crime and is a type of rape, but it is very different than rape. Rape can be defined as any form of nonconsensual sexual conduct by one person on another. The act is often violent and forcible. The key word in the definition, however, is nonconsensual, meaning the victim did not give consent for the sexual activity to occur, so therefore the act was considered rape, which is a very serious felony crime.

And this is where statutory rape is different. Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a minor. Notice the word nonconsensual does not appear. This is because minors are not considered to be able to have the judgment to give consent and therefore cannot consent to having sex. The minor, that is, has not reached the age of consent, which is usually 18 in most states. So, if an adult has sexual relationships with a minor, even if the minor gave the adult permission or consent to have sex, the sexual activity is, by law, rape. If you are facing a statutory rape charge, consult with a Richmond criminal defense lawyer who can help you with presenting a defense on your behalf.

Don't Let Statutory Rape Charges Ruin Your Future

For more clarity on your statutory rape charge and possible defenses that could keep you from going to jail, contact Richmond criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran immediately. With over 20 years experience in serious criminal charges, our firm has the resources you need to present a strong defense. We are skilled litigators experienced in complex high-stakes criminal cases such as yours and in providing representation in complex matters. Our firm is prepared to help you face this enormous challenge through aggressive and efficient representation and the vigorous defense of your rights. Leaving no stone unturned, we'll do everything within our power to resolve your case and clear your name.

For experienced legal representation, contact a Richmond statutory rape defense lawyer today.