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Sex with a Minor – What Are The Possible Consequences?

By Spodek Law Group | February 13, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 27, 2023)

Last Updated on: 27th July 2023, 04:34 pm

Got Charged with a Sex Crime Involving a Minor? Brace for Impact!

You know, every state has a ‘you must be this old to go on this ride’ tag for sexual encounters. Breaching this age of bedtime consent could land you in scalding hot water, even if the minor comes across as agreeable or inviting. Walking this tightrope can flip your life upside down – it’s a criminal offense with severe implications that could haunt you forever.

How Bad Can the Aftermath Be?

Sex crime conviction involving a minor isn’t easily brushed under the carpet. It could mean:
A potential lifetime behind bars,
Years swimming the river of probation post-prison,
A dent of a few tens of thousands in your bank account,
Being branded as a sex offender for life,
Facing civil penalties in a few states,
Carrying the cross of a criminal record,
Running into brick walls while hunting for a home or job,
Being deported,
And, the piercing arrows of social stigmatization.

The severity of the penalty swings like a pendulum, to and fro between the state and the nature of the sex offense. It can’t be stressed enough that you’d be better off employing a solid criminal defense lawyer, like our team at the Spodek Law Group, to vouch for you in court.

Jail Time or Probation, What’s The Deal?

Just how long would you need to swap your freedom for a prison cell? The tinder to this fire lies in the specifics of your act, your history of run-ins with the law, and the minor’s age. Usually, a felony treat sex crimes involving minors rather seriously with at least a one-year state prison sentence. Contrastingly, misdemeanors may land you for under a year in jail. As an example, the Golden State’s longest bid for this offense is life.

Probation or supervised release (as they call it in fancy terms), might follow your prison term. This means you’d need to march to the beat of a few orders, like meeting your parole officer, standing aloof from the minor, reporting to the court before taking a trip, getting counseled, and contributing to community service. You might also be lucky to dodge the prison term for minor sex offenses and hop straight into probation.

Will Your Bank Balance Feel the Pinch?

Predicaments escalate when you pin a dollar sign to them. A court-imposed fine payable to the state, the court’s discretion determining the amount, can burn a substantial hole in your pocket. Maxims range vastly – from a $10,000 max in sunny California to a staggering half a million in Colorado.

The Lengthy Shadows of a Sex Crime Conviction

The repercussions of a conviction for a sex crime involving a minor extend beyond the courtroom and jail time. The dire consequences like society branding you as an outcast, to struggling with living and work restrictions, can deliver a severe blow.

Sex Offender Registration

The heaviest of burdens is the sex offender registration mandate following your conviction. This tattoo of stigma floats your name, image, and conviction in public records enhancing your pariah status in society. The cherry on top? This could follow you into your grave for severe offenses.

Are Civil Penalties a Thing?

Certain states might spin you around to face civil penalties, adding weight to the fines piled up from court. California demonstrates this twist— for adult defendants dancing the crime salsa like statutory rape may have to eke out between $2,000 to $25,000 depending on the age gap in the dance pair.

Cleared the Criminal Hurdle, What Next?

Holding a criminal record slice might serve you an unwelcome cocktail of problems— from a tough time landing a job and home to limited access to public assistance handouts. This mix gets much bitterer if you’re convicted of a sex offense involving a minor. Cough up an income and rebuild a life? Good luck!

Living and Working – How Far is Too Far?

Many states have a ‘do not cross’ zone around schools and a ‘no entry’ sign for jobs involving children for individuals convicted of said sex crime.

Facing Deportation?

Foreign nationals, buckle up! Sex crimes involving a minor typically fall under felonies. This high risk of being yanked out of the country and deportation could be in the cards for non-citizen folks.

Social Stigmatization

Now, let’s talk about the itchy social sweater – the discrimination and social seclusion post-conviction. This could lead to a virtual Dementor’s kiss, draining you off any possible connections, friendships, and trust within your community. The effect intensifies if your conviction involves a minor, thanks to the public showcase of your past in the sex offender registry.

So What’s the Criminal Menu?

Every state has a platter of crimes that cover various sexual acts involving minors. Let’s take California for example— boasting a spread of nine separate sex crimes involving minors like statutory rape, lewd act with a child, and the likes. Other states cook up similar dishes but might serve them under different tags like sexual assault or child molestation.

The bottom line is, when hit with such a charge, you’d hate to walk this journey alone. Call upon our experienced team at Spodek Law Group. We promise to be the strong shoulder you need to lean on during these trying times.

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