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Statutory Rape

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In Mississippi, the age at which an individual can legally consent to engage in sexual intercourse is 16, and an individual found to have had sex with a child under that age could be charged with statutory rape.

If you are facing charges, it is imperative to contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Hesitating to retain legal representation could make it difficult to establish a defense for your case. At Savant & Rich, LLC we are committed to providing high-quality legal representation, and we truly believe everybody deserves a strong defense no matter the complexity of the crime.

Call us at (601) 869-5015 for a free consultation.

Statutory Rape Offenses

Regardless of whether a minor gives consent or has a history of engaging in sexual conduct, an individual over 17 years of age who has sex with a child between 14 and 15 years of age (and is 36 months younger than the individual) can be convicted of statutory rape. An individual can also be found guilty if the child is under 14 years of age and is 24 or more months younger than the individual who committed the act. An exception does exist if the individual was married to the alleged victim when the act occurred.

Penalties for a Conviction

A statutory rape conviction can carry severe consequences, which could greatly impact a person’s life.

Penalties for a conviction include:

  • If the individual was between 18 and 20 years of age and 36 months or more older than a child between 14 and 15 years of age:
    • Up to 5 years in prison
  • If the individual was 21 years of age or older and 36 months or more older than a child between 14 and 15 years of age:
    • Up to 30 years in prison
  • If the individual was 24 months or more older than a child under the age of 14:
    • 20 years to life in prison

Contact Us for Fierce Representation. Your First Consultation Is Free!

Our Madison County statutory rape attorneys know that being charged with this offense is life-altering, and we will fight hard to help you receive justice. From the beginning of your case, we will gather crucial evidence and interview witnesses to develop a solid legal strategy. In matters such as these, electronic communication – texts, emails, social media posts – are critical for building your case, which is why we also work with electronics experts to collect necessary evidence stored on devices and drives.

To get started on your case, call us at (601) 869-5015 or contact us online.

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