Statutory Rape Lawyers Defending Clients Throughout Massachusetts

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A sexual encounter does not have to be forceful or violent to be against the law in Massachusetts. If you have sex with someone below age 16, you could be charged with statutory rape — even if the other person willingly participated and even if you believed they were over 16. In Massachusetts, the crime of "statutory rape" is actually called "Rape of a Child," which carries with it horrible connotations which might not be justified by the actual allegations. Should a 17 year-old face "rape of a child" charges for having otherwise consensual sexual intercourse with his 16 year-old girlfriend? That may seem crazy, but prosecutors would have the discretion to bring criminal charges. To defend yourself against the charges, you will need experienced and strong criminal defense working for you.

The Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm represents clients accused of statutory rape or rape of a child. Founding attorney David Yannetti has practiced criminal law since 1989 as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He is one of the most respected defense lawyers in Massachusetts. Our legal team is confident we can protect your rights and seek the best possible resolution to your case.

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We offer free phone consultations on all sex crimes matters. Call us today. We have offices in Boston, Salem and Dedham to help you.

Defining Statutory Rape In Massachusetts

Statutory rape is a form of sexual assault that states a minor cannot legally consent to sex or any sex act. Force is not a necessary factor in statutory rape. Aggravating factors that can make the potential penalties even more severe include:

  • The age difference between the older person and the minor
  • Whether the other minor was between age 12 and 16
  • If the older person is a teacher, doctor or any other mandatory reporter

Just being charged with statutory rape can affect your reputation, your relationships with your family and your career. We are not here to judge you. You may be in trouble and we are here to help. When you meet with one of our attorneys, we will let you tell us your side of the story. Then, we will get to work determining the best legal strategy for you. Because we know how prosecutors think, we are often able to negotiate a significant reduction in charges or get the case dropped entirely.

If You Have Been Arrested On Suspicion Of Statutory Sexual Assault, Call Us

Don't let embarrassment prevent you from asserting your legal rights. Contact Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm online or call 617-338-6006 for a free phone consultation.