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The age of consent in New York is 17. Anyone who has sex with someone younger than that can be charged with statutory rape, even if the minor was a willing participant.
If you’ve been accused of statutory rape in New York, seek legal representation as soon as possible.
Norman Mattar can protect your rights and help you avoid the severe consequences that come with a sex crime conviction. Our experienced attorneys will provide the aggressive defense your case needs.
The penalties for statutory rape in New York hinge on a few factors, including:
- The age of the defendant.
- Anyone under 21 may be charged with a misdemeanor and face one year in jail.
- Anyone older than 21 may be charged with a felony and face four years in prison.
- The age of the victim.
- Anyone accused of having sex with someone under 13 may be charged with a first-degree felony and face up to 25 years in prison.
- Anyone accused of having sex with someone 13 to 15 years old may be charged with a second-degree felony and face up to 15 years in prison.
- Anyone accused of having sex with someone 15 to 17 may be charged with a third-degree felony and face up to four years in prison.
Other factors that can influence the penalties for statutory rape include whether the defendant
- used force or coercion;
- was in a position of authority (such as teacher or coach); and
- has any prior convictions.
What are the categories of statutory rape charges?
Statutory rape charges in New York are divided into three categories: rape in the third degree, rape in the second degree, and rape in the first degree.
Each of these is based on the ages of the victim and perpetrator and the nature of the sex act.
- Rape in the third degree: Someone 21 or older has sex with someone younger than 17, a Class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
- Rape in the second degree: Someone 18 or older has sex with someone under 15, a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
- Rape in the first degree: Sexual intercourse with someone younger than 11 or, if the suspect is older than 18, with someone under 13. This is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
A statutory rape conviction in New York can have long-lasting and devastating effects. In addition to the formal sentence, individuals may face consequences such as inclusion on the state’s Sex Offender Registry, loss of employment or professional licenses, damage to community standing, and strained relationships with loved ones.
It’s important to note that, even if the victim consented to the sexual act, the perpetrator can still be charged with statutory rape if the victim is under the age of consent. The law views minors as not having the capacity to make decisions regarding sexual relations.
Call Norman Mattar
At Norman Mattar, our attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these charges and will provide the necessary legal assistance and representation. You mustn’t disregard the prosecution you will face. New York statutory-rape laws provide for hefty penalties you cannot afford to ignore. You do not want to be a registered sex offender. Contact us today, at 716-633-4300.