Have You Facing Statutory Rape Charges in North Carolina

Have You Facing Statutory Rape Charges in North Carolina

Navigating through legal challenges, especially those involving serious allegations such as statutory rape, can be complex and overwhelming. In North Carolina, the implications of such charges can have profound consequences if not correctly handled. At Patrick Roberts Law, PLLC, we have a thorough understanding of North Carolina’s laws and the justice system, and are dedicated to providing an uncompromised defense for our clients. We are committed to defending your rights and preserving your freedom when facing statutory rape charges in North Carolina. We can guide you through this challenging journey, working to ensure your case is handled with discretion and dedication.

Penalties and Exceptions for Statutory Rape in North Carolina

In North Carolina, the crime of statutory rape involves sexual intercourse with a person who is 15 years of age or younger, regardless of whether the victim consents to the act or not. The perpetrator does not need to use force or threats for the act to be considered statutory rape. The law is based on the principle that a minor is incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activity. It’s important to note that the specific charges and penalties can vary depending on the ages of both the victim and the accused.

Penalties depend on the age gap between the involved parties. A four to six year age gap might lead to a class C felony charge, punishable by up to 279 months imprisonment. If the age gap exceeds six years, a class B1 felony charge applies, potentially resulting in a life sentence. An exception exists for teenagers within a four  year age gap engaged in consensual sexual activity.

Those accused of statutory rape need a skilled attorney, and Attorney Patrick Roberts has experience handling hundreds of sex crime charges, including statutory rape. He provides essential guidance and support, helping clients navigate their case complexities.

Patrick Roberts Law PLLC also tackles other sex-related crimes including sexual assault, date rape, child exploitation, internet sex crimes, child pornography, solicitation of a minor, juvenile sex offenses, lewd behavior, indecent exposure, and kidnapping for sexual intent.

Mr. Roberts is attuned to the sensitive nature of these cases and works tirelessly to safeguard your future. We’ve obtained favorable outcomes for clients* facing sex crime charges in North Carolina, confidently offering vigorous defense strategies.

*While Attorney Roberts works hard to secure results for his clients, every case is unique and must be evaluated on its individual facts. Past results do not guarantee future success. Each client’s case requires a unique strategy based on the facts of that case.

Assisting Students, Faculty, and Staff in North Carolina with Title IX cases

Title IX cases in North Carolina refer to the legal proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct on campus against students, faculty, and staff in educational institutions throughout Raleigh and other regions in the state. This falls under Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Have you been charged with a violation of sexual conduct on campus? Such accusations, even in the absence of substantial evidence, can result in students facing expulsion, faculty members having their professional licenses stripped, and staff members losing their livelihoods.

Allegations of campus-related sexual misconduct should also prompt the need for legal representation given the severe consequences. Such allegations can lead to expulsion or termination of employment.

Experienced Legal Representation for Statutory Rape Charges in North Carolina

Understanding these complexities, Patrick Roberts Law PLLC will work to build a strong, personalized defense, exploring potential legal avenues to lessen or nullify the charges against you. Mr. Roberts prioritizes clear communication and collaboration, keeping our clients informed and prepared throughout the legal process.

Example 1* – After a night of excessive drinking, our client was discovered in the company of a fifteen year old girl. However, the situation took a serious turn when the girl, upon her sister’s entrance into the room, accused our client of rape. Despite the state’s assertion of having multiple eyewitnesses to support the girl’s allegation, Attorney Roberts contested the claim of penetration. Eventually, the prosecutor agreed to drop the statutory rape charge and instead allowed our client to admit guilt to a misdemeanor charge of Assault On A Female. Fortunately, our client was not required to register as a sex offender.

Example 2* – Our client faced accusations of engaging in sexual activity with a minor. During the police interview at the station, the accuser positively identified our client as the individual involved. However, we questioned the credibility of the accuser and identified potential trial issues. As a result, the Assistant District Attorney agreed to drop the Statutory Rape charge and instead offered a misdemeanor probation sentence. This outcome spared our client from having to register as a sex offender.

Ensure you get experienced legal representation if you’re facing statutory rape charges in North Carolina. Reach us at Patrick Roberts Law PLLC for a consultation to fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Remember, taking a proactive approach is crucial, and we’re here to help. Call us today at 919-341-1433.

*DISCLAIMER: Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.  Prior results achieved do not guarantee similar results can be achieved in future cases.

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