Under the current Florida law, there is no such crime as “statutory rape.” The phrase is most commonly used to describe a situation in which an adult has consensual sex with a person who is not yet 18 years of age. The Florida statute that governs this type of conduct is 794.05 titled “unlawful activity with certain minors.” If you have been arrested in the Orlando area for this crime the law offices of Finebloom & Haenel can help you.
Under the current Florida law, a person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree punishable by up to 15 years in a state prison. “Sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another. IT IS NOT A DEFENSE THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW THE PERSON’S AGE OR THAT THEY LIED TO YOU ABOUT THEIR AGE!! If you are married to the person this statute does not apply. It also does not apply to emancipated minors.
Although the sexual activity in these cases is consensual, it is still illegal. You can still face all of the penalties of sexual offender registration and the loss of your civil liberties as a felon. You may lose professional licenses, be evicted from some types of housing and lose your right to vote. This is a very serious situation!
Call the experienced attorneys of Finebloom & Haenel today. We can prepare a defense for you! We are available for consultation 24/7 by calling 407-218-6277. Call us to discuss your options now!