North Carolina Defense in Statutory Rape Cases
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In North Carolina, the age of consent is 16. This means that anyone under the age of 16 cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse - despite his or her willingness. As the older party in a relationship, you will be the one to face serious criminal consequences for sexual activity with a minor — even if it involved your longtime girlfriend or boyfriend.
Don't Let a Mistake in Judgment Hurt Your Future
If you have been arrested for statutory rape, make sure you have an experienced sex crimes defense attorney on your side from the very beginning. There is simply too much at stake. Contact Roberts Law Group, PLLC, located in Raleigh, for experienced, aggressive and determined advocacy. Our law firm offers free initial consultations.
North Carolina Statutory Rape Laws
Sex with a minor under the age of 13 is a first degree felony. Furthermore, if you had sex with a minor between 13-15 years of age, are not married to the individual, and are at least four years older, you can be charged with statutory rape and face serious felony criminal penalties.
- Statutory rape: Sex with a minor between the ages of 13-15 when there is at least a six year age gap can result in a Class B1 felony charge.
- Statutory rape: Sex with a minor between the ages of 13-15 when there is at least a four year age gap can result in a Class C felony charge.
Have Prosecution Experience on Your Side
Criminal defense attorney Patrick Roberts formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney in three North Carolina counties. This experience enables him to anticipate many prosecutorial tactics and strategies, as well as develop effective defense strategies.
If you have been arrested for sexual assault or statutory rape, contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.
Maryland vs. J.N.
Charge: 4th Degree Sex Offense, 2nd Degree Assault
Facing: 11 years
Result: Jury Trial - Not Guilty
This client was charged with the improper touching and assault of his ex-girlfriend's daughter. Cross examination and the defense witness testimony revealed that the accuser had been influenced by her mother to testify to events that never occurred.
North Carolina vs. O.S.
Charge: First Degree Forcible Rape and First Degree Kidnapping
Facing: 26 - 33 years in prison
Case involved allegations of forcible rape at gun point. We were able to gather evidence to attack the accuser's credibility and discredit her story. The prosecution dismissed the charges.
State vs. D.P.
Result: The prosecution dismissed the charges
Our client was charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated acquaintance at a party. We gathered information to prove that those allegations were false.
North Carolina v. J.S.
Charge: Assault On Female
Facing: 60 days in jail
Result: Not Guilty at Jury Trial
Defendant had lost his trial in district court after having been accused of assaulting his wife. After an altercation, defendant's wife fell to the ground and broke her arm. The jury reviewed the facts and found defendant not guilty after carefully reviewing the Court's self defense jury instructions.