Underage Sex (Statutory Rape)

The implications of a statutory rape conviction are life changing. If you have been charged with lewd and lascivious battery, it's critical that you contact a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately.

Call me, D. Scott Rieth, at 941-404-4192 to schedule a free initial consultation. As a former prosecutor and Bradenton statutory rape defense attorney with 20 years of experience, I can anticipate how the prosecution will handle your case.

When you hire me as your lawyer, I will immediately make contact with the prosecutor to discuss your side of the situation. This could make a difference in whether formal charges are filed or dismissed or reduced.

Sexual Battery Defense Attorney

In Florida, the age of consent is 16. However, nuances in the law allow a person to be charged with lewd and lascivious battery if he or she is over the age of 24 and has sex with a minor between the ages of 16 and 17. Likewise, a person who is 19 and has sex with someone who is 17 could be facing criminal charges.

Statutory rape is a felony sex crime charge and carries steep penalties, including up to 15 years in prison and large fines. Additionally, you will be required to list your name on the Florida sex offender registry. Even if the victim lied to you about his or her age or consented to the sexual activity, you could still be facing the maximum sentence. That's why it's so important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.

Working Diligently To Minimize Damage

When you work with me, I will evaluate the evidence against you and will start building a strong defense. I will share your side of the story with the prosecutor, and if it's in your best interests, negotiate a charge that will keep you out of prison and off the sex offender registry. If the plea bargains offered by the prosecutor are unacceptable, you can count on me to vigorously defend your interests in the courtroom.

Fight Sex With A Minor Charges

Contact me or call 941-404-4192 to schedule a free initial consultation.