A person commits statutory rape when he or she has sex with anyone under the age of sixteen (16). Generally, the offense of statutory rape is a felony punishable by a maximum of twenty (20) years in prison. If the person convicted is over the age of twenty-one (21), the minimum sentence allowable is ten (10) years in prison. If the person convicted is under the age of twenty-one (21), the minimum sentence allowable is one (1) year in prison. In addition, a person convicted of statutory rape will be required to register as a sex offender.

There is one exception. If the victim is at least fourteen (14) years old, and the person convicted is eighteen (18) years old or younger and is no more than four (4) years older than the victim, then the offense in this situation would be a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of twelve (12) months in jail.

If a client admits to consensual sex with someone who is underage, a statutory rape case can be very difficult to defend because consent is not a defense. Even so, Atlanta criminal attorney Andrew Margolis will examine every aspect of the State’s case for opportunities to challenge the charge and fight to make sure your rights are protected.

If you or someone close to you is facing charges of statutory rape, we can help. Call the Atlanta criminal lawyers Margolis Legal Group, P.C. today for your free consultation.