What is statutory rape?

Statutory rape occurs when someone has sexual intercourse with a person who has not yet reached the age of consent (determined by state law), whether or not the sexual act is against that person’s will.

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Public Urination

If you have been charged with public urination because you were caught in the act by a police officer, it may be difficult to contradict the evidence of a public servant. However, hiring a lawyer can be beneficial to reduce the possible penalties for these charges.

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Arrest Based on Rape Accusation

If an individual makes an accusation or allegation of rape, law enforcement officers may investigate the concern. This can lead to the person accused of rape being arrested. It depends on the circumstances of the situation as to whether the investigation leads to the arrest of the individual accused of rape.

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Sexual Battery

Sexual battery is generally defined as unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact. Some states also define sexual battery as any sexual contact with a child under sixteen years of age; regardless of whether the victim consented to the contact. Read further to understand how sexual battery is charged, the potential defenses, and the punishment consequences of a sexual battery conviction.

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What is rape?

Rape is any act of non-consensual sexual penetration. It doesn’t matter if the victim was raped by force or under duress, the crime is still rape. An individual may be charged with the crime of rape or other specific types of rape such as statutory rape, gang rape, incestual rape, prison rape or marital rape.

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Sexual Assault: Law, Punishments and Penalties

Sexual assault crimes are the most abhorred classification of crimes outside of murder. When a defense attorney for a drug dealer is desperate for a plea of leniency, the closing argument will usually consist of, “at least my client is not a sex offender.” Because of high profile child sexual assault cases, the defenses, punishments, and registration requirements have significantly changed over the last several years.

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Solicitation of Prostitution

Although the movie “Pretty Woman” had a happy ending for Vivian Ward (played by Julia Roberts), most acts of prostitution do not lead to a glamorous life. Fortunately, because of growing public health concerns and reports of younger women and/or children becoming involved in prostitution rings, the penalties and enforcement approaches for solicitation of prostitution have been gradually stiffening in most states.

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Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is the knowing exposure of one’s genitals (or other private anatomy parts) in the presence of another while disregarding the offensive, insulting, or frightening effect it may have. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the commission on an indecent exposure offense, a defendant could be charged with a felony or misdemeanor level offense. Read on to learn more about what is considered indecent exposure, some possible defenses, and the penalties/consequences of an indecent exposure conviction.

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What are Romeo and Juliet laws?

Romeo and Juliet laws and clauses concern young adults or teenagers who are a few years apart and have willingly had sexual relations. These provisions relate to state and federal laws regarding statutory rape or sexual assault. The term statutory rape is rarely used today, and refers to a sexual act involving one or more individuals under the age of consent. The age of consent varies between jurisdictions. Romeo and Juliet provisions concern incidents in which the younger of the individuals has passed the age of puberty. An incident in which the younger of the individuals has not passed the age of puberty is typically defined as sexual assault on a child.

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Lewd and Lascivious Conduct With a Child

Lewd and lascivious conduct with a child is when a defendant engages in sexual contact with a child with the intent to arouse or gratify his sexual desires (or those of a third party). It is usually charged as one or two felony grades lower than a completed sexual assault of a child, but carries many of the same consequences as a sexual battery conviction. Read on to learn more about what conduct can result in a lewd and lascivious conduct with a child conviction, what defenses are available, and the potential penalties.

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