Have you been charged with statutory rape? Don’t wait. Call now.
If you have been accused of Statutory Rape in New York, you could face consequences that go far beyond jail time and probation. You could face lifetime registration as a Sex Offender.
For more than 25 years, Attorney Norman Mattar has defended people accused of Sex Crimes such as Statutory Rape in Buffalo and Western New York. He offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
What is statutory rape in New York?
Statutory Rape is sex with someone who is under the age of consent, which varies by state. In New York State, the age of consent is 17 years old. Many people who are accused of Statutory Rape tell police that the sex was consensual or they were not aware of the minor’s age. However, neither is a defense and your statements could give police the evidence they need to charge you with a crime.
The consequences of not understanding the law can be very severe, so it is important to put your case in the hands of an experienced Defense Attorney as soon as possible.
What is the statute of limitations for statutory rape in New York State?
In New York, the Statute of Limitations for Statutory Rape is five years. However, most people do not understand how the five-year Statute of Limitations works.
The five-year period does not begin until the minor turns 18 or reports the crime to police. As a result, if the minor was 15 years old when the sex occurred and did not report the incident to police, you could still be charged with statutory rape within five years after the alleged victim reaches age 18.
If you’ve been charged with statutory rape, call now to set up a consultation.
For more information about Statutory Rape in New York, call 716-633-4300 to discuss your case with Defense Lawyer Norman Mattar.