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.