Statutory Rape

When Is A Relationship Illegal?

You never knew her or his exact age - there was just this connection. In cases where there is a romantic relationship with someone under the age of consent, it can result in criminal charges. Statutory rape charges might be filed against a young adult after a relationship with a younger teenager or against an older adult who comes into contact with children at his or her place of employment (for example, teacher/student relationships).

At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we will defend clients accused of all types of sex-related criminal conduct. We conduct our own investigation to identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case. What makes our attorneys uniquely qualified to find defenses that others might miss? Attorney Sam Randall IV has a rare distinction as a board-certified specialist in state and federal criminal law and our attorneys also wrote the book on criminal procedure.

Call 704-286-6942 to learn how we can help you fight the charges to avoid a criminal record.

What Is Statutory Rape?

Many people do not fully understand what constitutes statutory rape in North Carolina. It can be charged when a person 18 or older engages in a sexual relationship with a child under the age of 13. The offense is charged as a Class B1 felony and it is important to know that in North Carolina, mistake of age is not a defense to statutory rape.

Active punishment (time behind bars) and satellite-based monitoring upon release are a few of the possible punishments. Numerous aggravating factors related to the duration or scope can increase the severity of the penalties.

In addition to criminal punishment, a conviction can affect your long-term future and limit career or job opportunities. Because of that, it is important to explore every possible defense in your case and ensure you have someone on your side that will fight for you.

Let our Charlotte criminal defense lawyers protect your rights and work to mitigate the damages. To learn more right now, please send us a message or call 704-286-6942 or toll free at 800-565-1435 for a free initial consultation.