Criminal Sexual Conduct: Teens and Statutory Rape Charges
Unfortunately, there are many cases where teenagers get charged with felony criminal sexual conduct as a result of consensual sexual activity. These charges are sometimes referred to as “statutory rape” charges because (for example) Minnesota statutes make it illegal for a person under the age of 16 (the age of consent) to engage in sexual activity with a person more than 24 months older. As a result, when a 15-year-old has sex with a 17-year-old who is more than 2 years older, the 17-year-old will be charged with felony criminal sexual conduct. There are also other circumstances under the law that make consensual sex illegal.
What are the consequences?
The consequences of a felony criminal sexual conduct conviction and predatory offender registration (sex offender registration) are severe. But normally, sexual activity between teenagers who both consent does not result in a prison sentence. Instead, Minnesota courts often impose lengthy probation and order the teenager to complete a sex offender treatment program. The conditions of probation also usually restrict the teen’s contact with other juveniles and often include many other strict probation conditions. Felony convictions also include a lifetime ban on the possession of firearms. Felony charges for a person age 16 or older are also public records and felony convictions for criminal sexual conduct require the teen to register as a sex offender for years. These things can have a severe impact on a young person’s future, including college, employment, rental housing, background checks and many other things.
Do We Need A Lawyer?
Yes. Criminal Sexual Conduct is a very serious charge and the consequences are long term. Defending these cases is not easy, but an experienced lawyer can certainly help. The teen may have a valid defense, such as believing that the sexual partner was 16 years old. And in many situations, it may be possible to work out a resolution of the case that does not result in a felony conviction. If your teen is facing criminal sexual conduct charges, then getting legal advice from the right legal lawyer is the first and most important thing to do. I have many years of experience defending statutory rape charges, and I will work with you and your child to get the best outcome possible. I understand how frightening and painful these cases are, so I welcome you to contact me for advice – I can help.
Facing Criminal Charges?
If you or someone you know needs advice about how to handle a charge in Minnesota, please contact me to get you the help you need. I understand the seriousness of criminal charges, and how they can affect your life. I can help. If you make the decision to work with me I will take good care of you and be with you every step of the way.
As an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney experienced with handling Criminal Sexual Conduct charges, Bill Sherry understands that legal problems don’t always happen during ordinary office hours. If you are facing a legal problem and need to talk with a lawyer right now, call Bill Sherry at 952-423-8423 for a free consultation.