Statutory Rape

NYC Statutory Rape Attorney

Defending Against Statutory Rape Charges in New York

At Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C., we understand the gravity of such allegations and the life-altering consequences they can have. We aim to ensure that you receive a fair and just legal defense, and we are committed to protecting your rights and your future. Allow our NYC statutory rape lawyers to guide you through this complex legal process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.


Call Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C. today at (646) 798-7118 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our statutory rape lawyer in NYC.


What is Statutory Rape?

Statutory rape is a criminal offense that involves sexual activity with a minor who is under the age of consent. In New York, the age of consent is 17 years old. It's important to understand that statutory rape laws are in place to protect minors from sexual exploitation and abuse, even if the minor appears to have consented to the activity. Unlike other forms of rape, statutory rape does not need proof of force or lack of consent. Instead, the focus is on the age of the individuals involved.

In cases of statutory rape, the law assumes that minors are not competent to give informed and voluntary consent to sexual activity. This means that even if a minor willingly engages in sexual activity, the law considers it non-consensual due to the minor's age. It's essential to be aware that ignorance of the minor's age is not a valid defense in statutory rape cases.

What Are the Penalties for Statutory Rape in New York?

The penalties for statutory rape in New York can be severe, and they vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. The severity of the consequences often depends on the age of the minor involved and the age difference between the parties. Here are some common penalties associated with statutory rape in New York:

  • First-degree rape: This applies when the victim is younger than 11 and the offender is 18 or older. Such an offense is considered a Class B felony, which carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison.
  • Second-degree rape: This offense includes sexual intercourse between people who are more than four years separated in age, the defendant is at least 18 and a minor is younger than 15. This offense is a Class D felony, and a conviction can result in up to seven years in prison.
  • Third-degree rape: When the defendant is at least 21 and has sexual intercourse with individuals younger than 17. This offense is considered a Class E felony, which is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Contact Our NYC Statutory Rape Lawyer Today

At Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C., our NYC statutory rape attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you navigate the complexities of the legal system. We understand the sensitivity of these charges and the potential lifelong consequences. Rest assured that we will stand by your side, advocate for your rights, and seek the best possible outcome for your situation.


Contact Maryam Jahedi Law Firm P.C. today to get started with our NYC statutory rape attorneys.


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