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Cleveland Statutory Rape Lawyers

Representation for Statutory Rape Charges

Having sex with an individual who is under the age of consent is illegal and punishable under the law. If you have been accused of or charged with unlawful sex with a minor, you need an experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorney on your side. We are here to explain your rights, the charges you are facing, and the potential penalties if you are convicted.

At The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC, we have an extensive understanding of the sex crime laws in Ohio. We can help you navigate the criminal justice system and minimize consequences or seek the dismissal of charges whenever possible.

Statutory Rape & Unlawful Sex With a Minor

Ohio’s laws are very strict on sexual offenses, especially those which involve lack of consent or minors. Many people think that if the minor consented, it is legal to engage in sexual acts or sexual intercourse. However, Ohio law establishes strict guidelines and in most situations, a minor is unable to consent to the interaction.

You could be charged with unlawful sex with a minor in the following circumstances

  • Someone who is 18 years of age or older is guilty of unlawful sex with a minor if he or she engaged in sexual acts with a person who was known to be between ages 13 and 16. This is a fourth-degree felony charge.
  • If the alleged offender is 10 years older than the minor or more, the offense is a third-degree felony.
  • If the alleged offender has been convicted of a previous sex crime, the charge may be a second-degree felony.
  • If the alleged offender is less than four years older than the minor, he or she is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.

Protect Your Rights By Speaking to a Cleveland Statutory Rape Lawyer Today

Protecting your freedom and liberty should begin before an arrest is made or charges are filed. If the police or a government agency is investigating you, you need to know what they are searching for and why. A skilled Cleveland sex crime lawyer may be able to look into an investigation, determine its cause, and put an end to it quickly.

We can speak for you to law enforcement officials in ways that you may never be able to do as a defendant or suspect. Do not take accusations of unlawful sex with a minor lightly. You are entitled to consult with a Cleveland unlawful sex with a minor attorney before you answer any questions and during the questioning process.

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