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Statutory Rape

Boise, Idaho Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer

The age of consent for sexual activity in Idaho is 18. By the letter of the law, if you are a male over 18 who has intercourse with a female 17 or younger, you can be charged with statutory rape - even if the actual gap between your ages is less than a year. Further, a statutory rape charge does not require any allegation that force or coercion was a factor.

The potential logical problems and fairness issues with this law may be obvious, but those issues are no comfort if you have been arrested and charged with statutory rape. Jail time is a real possibility, along with irreparable damage to your reputation. For a free consultation with a rape defense attorney who will investigate your situation, explore all options and strive to provide the most effective possible defense, please call me, Gerald Bublitz, today.

Targeting Acquittal, Dismissal or Leniency in Your Case

The reality is that almost all statutory rape cases come to light only because someone - the alleged victim herself, or more often, a parent or other relative - reports them. A variety of motives can enter into this decision, and the challenge for your successful defense may amount to either:

  • Refuting that sexual intercourse ever took place between you and the alleged victim, in order to gain an acquittal at trial
  • Presenting all relevant circumstances and positive testimony on your behalf effectively, in a concerted effort to get charges reduced or obtain probation rather than jail time or other harsh consequences

Other forms of sexual contact with a person under 18 may not be charged as rape or statutory rape, but the consequences associated with a crime such as sexual battery of a minor, lewd conduct or other sex crimes can be equally severe.

Call 208-344-5500 for Counsel and Representation You Can Trust

I work closely with each of my clients, determined to get the whole story and find the defense approach that aligns best with each person's unique circumstances and individual priorities. Whether dealing with a sexual assault charge or any other allegation, I want to understand cultural differences and other factors that may be important to building your defense case.

To talk through what happened and what I may be able to accomplish for you, please contact our rape defense lawyer today.