Statutory Rape

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Accused of Statutory Rape in Minneapolis? Get Legal Help Now!

In Minnesota, allegations of statutory rape are no less serious than forcible rape. If you have been charged with first, second, third, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as a result of statutory rape allegations, it is crucial that you retain the help of a Minneapolis sex crime attorney immediately.

Backed by 100+ years of experience and a long history of trial success, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. can provide the aggressive criminal defense you need. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please don’t wait to discuss your case with a member of our team.

Top Reasons to Choose Our Minneapolis Defense Team

  • We take calls 24/7 – we’ll be there when you need us
  • Our defense lawyers have handled hundreds of jury trials
  • We offer representation from former state prosecutors
  • We have been defending our clients’ right since 1983

If you have been charged with a sex crime, your future, freedom, and reputation are on the line. Don’t wait – call our Minneapolis statutory rape lawyers today.

Understanding Age of Consent Laws in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the “age of consent” is 16. This means that a minor cannot legally consent to sex until they have reached the age of 16. However, state law does make certain exceptions when the age difference between the parties is relatively small. This means that the severity of your sex crime charges could be determined by the age difference between you and the alleged victim.

Defending Against Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

You could be charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct if you have any sort of sexual contact with a minor, short of penetration.

More specifically, this applies to sexual contact with:

  • A minor under the age of 13, and you are no more than three years older
  • A minor between the age of 13 and 16, and you are no more than four years older
  • A minor between the age of 16 and 18, and you are in a position of authority

Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Legal Representation for Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

You could be charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct if you engage in sexual penetration with a minor (which includes oral or anal sex).

This applies to sexual penetration with:

  • A minor under the age of 13, and you are no more than three years older
  • A minor between the age of 13 and 16, and you are no more than two years older
  • A minor under the age of 18, and you are in a position of authority and four years older

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Challenging Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Allegations

You could be charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct if you engage in sexual contact, short of penetration, with a minor.

More specifically, this applies to sexual contact with:

  • A minor under the age of 13, and you are more than three years older
  • A minor under the age of 16, and you are in a position of authority and four years older
  • A minor under the age of 16, and you have a “significant relationship” to them

Second-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by 25 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.

Accused of Statutory Rape? Contact Us for a Free Consultation Now.

What Should I Do If I’VE BEEN ARRESTED?

  • 1. Don’t Talk to the Police!

    It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.

    It’s important to note that:

    • Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
    • By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
    • Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
  • 2. Ask for a Lawyer!
    As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!

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Why Choose Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?

  • We’ll start your case with a FREE, no-obligation consultation
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