Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors
In Florida, a person over the age of 24 is not allowed to have sex with a 16 or 17-year-old, even if the sex is consensual. This issue often arises when parents of teenagers find out their children are having sex, even if the child is having consensual sex with a known boyfriend. Often times, the accused may not know the true age of the names victim. This is not a defense as Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor is a strict liability crime. This crime is distinguished by Sexual Battery or rape because Sexual Battery or rape occurs when the sex was forced or without consent.
Under Florida Statute 794.05, Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors is committed by a person:
- 24 years of age or older
- engages in sexual activity
- with a child 16 or 17 years of age
Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors is a second degree felony punishable for up to 15 years in prison, sex offender probation and sex offender registration.
Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor is a strict liability crime requiring no intent. Mistake of a person’s age is not a defense. Your case should be thoroughly investigated and the accuser should be placed under a microscope to determine whether there is a motive to lie or make false allegations.
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You may have been accused of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor, but that does not mean you are guilty. The dates of the alleged incident become very important in these cases because the charge is age specific for both the accused and the alleged victim. Because of the complexities defending and negotiating these types of cases, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced sex crimes lawyer right away.
If you or someone you know has been accused of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Minors in the Pinellas County or Tampa Bay area, it is very important that you contact an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately. Our team of attorneys, investigators and experts are highly experienced in defending sex crimes and will begin building your defense today.
Contact us for a free analysis of your case at our local office located in Clearwater, Florida. Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today at (727) 531-2926 to learn about your legal options if you have been accused of unlawful sexual activity with minors. Start building your defense immediately!