Statutory rape charges, or statutory sexual seduction as it's called in Nevada, can destroy lives and reputations. While the law is meant to protect people under the age of 16 from being taken advantage of by adults, otherwise law-abiding people may find themselves facing these allegations even if they made a reasonable mistake regarding another person's age or if the alleged sexual activity was entirely consensual. It is important to seek help from a skilled lawyer if you have been charged with this type of crime.
As a Las Vegas attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Benjamin Nadig, Chtd., I understand what it takes to build an effective statutory rape defense. I will work tirelessly to help you minimize the consequences of your charge and to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
What Is Considered Statutory Rape?
The law in Nevada defines statutory sexual seduction as ordinary sexual intercourse, including oral sex, by a person who is at least 18 years old with a person who is under the age of 16. Unlike other types of sex crimes, the alleged sex act does not require the proof of force. In other words, even if both parties wholeheartedly agree to engage in the alleged sexual activity, the person who is considered to be an adult can still be convicted of this crime.
In addition, a reasonable mistake is not a defense against statutory rape charges. In other words, even if the underage individual stated that he or she was 16 or older, or if the minor appeared to be older than he or she actually was, you can still be convicted for having sex with a minor.
The Consequences Of A Conviction Are Severe
The state takes statutory sexual seduction cases very seriously. The potential penalties for being convicted of this crime are serious. If you are 21 or older, you will be facing felony charges that carry up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. If you are younger than 21 but older than 18, you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor, which carry up to one year in prison and fines of up to $2,000.
In addition to the immediate consequences, a conviction will become part of your permanent criminal record, which can have a negative impact on your ability to find employment, to find housing, to qualify for certain loans and can have numerous other adverse consequences. With this much on the line, you need an attorney who understands how these cases operate.
If You Have Been Accused Of Having Sex With A Minor, Contact A Defense Lawyer
I understand how to attack charges involving the age of consent. Contact me online or call 702-545-6419 as soon as possible to discuss your case.