Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer In Boise

What is statutory rape?

The age of consent for sexual activity in Idaho is 18. By the letter of the law, if you are a male over 18 who has intercourse with a female 17 or younger, you can be charged with statutory rape - even if the actual gap between your ages is less than a year. Further, a statutory rape charge does not require any allegation that force or coercion was a factor.

The potential logical problems and fairness issues with this law may be obvious, but those issues are no comfort if you have been arrested and charged with statutory rape. Jail time is a real possibility, along with irreparable damage to your reputation.

For a free consultation with a defense attorney who will investigate your situation, explore all options, and strive to provide the most effective possible defense, please call our legal team at Bublitz Law, P.C. today.

Targeting Acquittal, Dismissal, or Leniency in Your Case

The reality is that almost all statutory rape cases come to light only because someone - the alleged victim, or more often, a parent or other relative - reports them. A variety of motives can enter into the decision to press charges or prosecute a case.

Your defense may amount to either:

  • Refuting that sexual intercourse ever took place between you and the alleged victim in order to gain an acquittal at trial
  • Presenting all relevant circumstances and positive testimony on your behalf effectively in a concerted effort to get charges reduced or obtain probation rather than jail time or other harsh consequences

Other forms of sexual contact with a person under 18 may not be charged as rape or statutory rape, but the consequences associated with a crime such as sexual battery of a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct or other sex offenses can be equally severe.

Call for Counsel & Representation You Can Trust

Our firm works closely with each of our clients, determined to get the whole story and find the defense approach that aligns best with each person's unique circumstances and individual priorities. Whether dealing with a sexual assault charge or any other allegation, we want to understand cultural differences and other factors that may be important to building your defense case. To talk through what happened and what our attorneys may be able to accomplish for you, please contact a Boise defense lawyer at our firm today to schedule your free case consultation.