Statutory Rape

Statutory rape refers to sexual conduct that was not forcible, but nonetheless amounts to a crime because of the victim’s age. In Indiana, children under the age of 14 are deemed legally unable to consent. Any sexual contact with a child under age 14 can lead to child molestation charges, a serious felony offense.

You could also face charges for sexual misconduct if the child was between ages 14 and 16, and you were over age 21. However, you may have a defense if you were reasonably mistaken about the victim’s age, in light of all the relevant circumstances.

The law also provides a defense if you were under age 21, not more than four years older than the victim and in a romantic relationship.

Other serious charges involving children include child seduction and child enticement, each of which has specific factual elements.

Don’t Risk Your Future

As you can see, statutory rape in Indiana may include any number of charges. The law in this area is complex. What’s more, if convicted, you could face years in prison, a felony on your record, mandatory sex offender registration and a shadow on your reputation for years to come.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to represent yourself. Doing so could cost you your future. Instead, contact Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm P.C. in Terre Haute. We have extensive experience handling all types of sex offense cases. As a former deputy prosecutor, lawyer Rowdy Williams understands how the other side approaches these cases. His insider’s perspective can work to your benefit.

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If you are under investigation or facing charges for statutory rape, call 812-232-7400 to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your initial consultation is free.