Statutory Rape Defense in TN
Sex Crimes Attorney Serving Murfreesboro
A statutory rape conviction can permanently damage your livelihood, devastating
not only you, but your family as well. If you have been accused of statutory
rape, it is vital you retain the services of a uniquely qualified attorney
who will unbiasedly defend your freedom. Our Murfreesboro sex crimes attorneys
at Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law have successfully represented clients
sex crime and statutory rape charges. We also have a former prosecutor on the team
who knows how the prosecution will structure the case against you as well
as how to protect your rights.
Accused of statutory rape? Contact us immediately at (888) 988-5578.
Statutory Rape Charges in TN
In Tennessee, statutory rape occurs when an induvial older than 18 years
of age engages in sexual penetration with a minor between the ages of
13 and 17. A minor cannot legally consent to sexual acts. Even if both
parties appear to engage voluntarily, any sexual action may still constitute
rape or sexual battery. Charges involving victims under the age of 13
fall under different classifications, such as rape of a child.
Under Tennessee Code Title 39, three forms of statutory rape exist:
1. Statutory rape – (1) the minor is 13 or 14 years of age with the defendant being between
4 and 9 years older than the victim, or (2) the minor is between the age
of 15 and 17 with the defendant between 5 and 9 years older than the victim.
Statutory rape is a class E felony and is punishable by up to 6 years
2. Mitigated statutory rape – the minor is between the age of 15 and 17 with the defendant either
four or five years older than the victim. Mitigated statutory rape is
a class E felony and is punishable by up to 6 years in prison.
3. Aggravated statutory rape - the minor is between the age of 13 and 17 with the defendant 10 years
or older than the victim. Aggravated statutory rape is a class D felony
punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
In addition to the possibility of incarceration and substantial fines,
most persons convicted of statutory rape will be required to register
as sex offenders. This can dramatically affect quality of life by influencing
where offenders are allowed to live and work. After release from prison,
sex offenders are also required to maintain contact with law enforcement.
Contact a Murfreesboro Sex Crimes Attorney
If you have been charged with a statutory rape, do not hesitate to contact
Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law. We can help you to fully understand
the details of your case and provide you with the unprejudiced defense
you deserve. Contact us now and maximize the caliber of your defense!
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