How much time can a 20 year old man go to jail for having sex with a 15 year old girl? 9 Answers as of February 26, 2013

I want to know because something like this has happened to someone I know.

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William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
That depends on what the state charges, whether the defendant is convicted, and what the defendant is convicted of. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, elocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 2/26/2013
Law Offices of Jonathan Mincis | Jonathan J. Mincis, Esq.,
It is statuatory rape. It depends on What the Prosecutor offers to resolve the case. I would need to know the level of the offense if it is N J. Could be a 2nd degree offense.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 2/16/2013
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
Lawyers are not here to answer hypothetical questions.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/16/2013
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
That depends on some factors. Obviously that is a criminal sexual conduct charge which carries some significant prison time plus registering as a sex offender. His prior criminal history, if any, will play a part as a lot will depend on what his sentencing guidelines are and what charge he eventually ends up getting convicted of or pleading to.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/16/2013
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
He could be charged with a violation of California Penal Code Section 261.5 statutory rape. 261.5. (a) unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is a minor. For the purposes of this section, a "minor" is a person under the age of 18 years and an "adult" is a person who is at least 18 years of age. (c) any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger than the perpetrator is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of section 1170.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/16/2013
    Henry Lebensbaum | Henry Lebensbaum
    It depends on the number of different factors. First of all I hope he has a lawyer that can deal with this type of action.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 2/16/2013
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    In Michigan the person can get up to 15 years in prison and MUST go to prison. There is no probation for this.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/16/2013
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    That depends on a lot of things. I'd need to know the specific charges to give you an accurate answer. Even then, it's impossible to guess how much time someone ACTUALLY WOULD get if convicted. Obviously, I have no idea whether or not this person has an extensive criminal record or is on probation for any other cases.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/16/2013
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law | Jason Overton
    Longer than he wants, I assure you. He needs to contact a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 2/16/2013
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