What should someone do if they are being falsely accused of a criminal charge? 59 Answers as of June 26, 2013

A friend of my is being charged with 10 cases of statutory rape by one girl and giving minors alcohol. She was willing to have sex him and the detective wants him to get a lawyer but he does not have the money for one and she said that she will put a warrant out for his arrest if one does not contact her in the next few days.

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Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
If the children are under the age of consent (16 in Michigan) they cannot legally consent to sexual acts. It is still a crime even if they were willing. These are serious charges with long prison terms and sex offender registration so he definitely needs to retain a lawyer quickly. If he cannot afford one, the court will appoint him one.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
the detective wants him to get a lawyer GOOD ADVICE! he does not have the money for one He needs to get money for a good lawyer ASAP she said that she will put a warrant out for his arrest if one does not contact her in the next few days. The police are giving him an opportunity to turn himself in before they have to come get him. That he is being arrested and charged seems inevitable. The BEST THING he can do is retain counsel and turn himself in, and we can represent him.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/22/2011
Law Office of Andrew Subin
Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
Absolutely essential that your friend hire a good attorney as soon as possible. This type of crime carries huge penalties.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/15/2011
Law Office of Sara Sencer McArdle
Law Office of Sara Sencer McArdle | Sara Sencer McArdle
He should hire a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 8/15/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
In your summary you state that the girl consented to the sex. In New York State a woman under 17 cannot consent to sex and it is statutory rape. Many men do not understand that if they have sex with a minor they will be charged with statutory rape and possibly go to prison. Mature, intelligent men do not havesex with minors. Only idiots have sex with minors. If you do not understand the law you cannot possibly follow it.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/15/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    He should consult with an attorney as these type of charges are very serious. If he cannot afford an attorney, he can wait until he is charged and then ask the Judge to appoint an attorney for him.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/11/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    He needs an attorney and if he cannot afford one he should apply to the court to get a court appointed attorney for free.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/11/2011
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    Immediately hire a criminal defense attorney, most attorneys will accept a down payment and payments on the balance. Alternatively, you should request a public defender. The charges are very serious and will be Felonies. An experienced criminal attorney can assist with the arrest warrant, bail reduction, and all court proceedings. If I may be of further assistance, please contact myself.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    First, they should make no statement to police without an attorney. Second, a criminal sexual conduct case is extremely serious and carries significant prison terms. It may also require reporting as a criminal sexual offender. As a result, hiring experienced counsel is necessary.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
    It sounds like your friend really needs to get an attorney. Try to convince him to get an attorney and he will be in a better position to negotiate a plea if necessary or defending the false charges.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    Your friend should not make any statements to police at all. Statutory rape charges are very serious and a single conviction will send a person to state prison. The state will appoint an attorney if the friend is indigent. If he has family or friends with money he needs to borrow it to hire the best lawyer he can. These charges are among the most serious. Do not talk to the police, do not admit anything. DO NOT TALK!!! If a warrant is issued your friend will turn himself in and likely get bailed out. Having a formal arrest will at least entitle your friend to learn what the allegations are and be able to prepare a defense.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    "Statutory Rape" has nothing to do with consent but rather the age of the participants. Any statements your friend makes now to the police may be used against him later. While he may think his statements may help him, it is likely they won't. He should contact and retain an attorney as soon as possible to help him maneuver his situation with the police. Please understand that answering this doesn't create an attorney/client relationship between us, and as hard as I try to answer your question well, it isn't legal advice. No matter how much information you put into a question, the answers you are going to get are still going to be vague. It is in your interest to contact a lawyer, most of whom will do a free consultation. Even 15 minutes with a lawyer is going to produce a more specific answer to your problem.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend that he talk with family and friends about help in retaining a good, experienced criminal defense attorney ASAP. Otherwise, he may request a public defender. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    He needs to immediately contact a criminal defense attorney. This is nothing to fool around with. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
    If he cannot afford an attorney a public defender will be appointed to the case after charges have been filed. This may mean that he gets arrested and is given an attorney while he is in custody. These are serious charges and he should not make any statements without an attorney being present.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    August 9, 2011 Your friend cannot afford not to get a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
    He should keep his mouth closed and not talk to anyone. There is no way to avoid the charge at this point. When he is charged, he will have the right to a lawyer at public expense.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    He should make no statement to the police and seek the advice of an attorney anyway. Even if he thinks he can not hire one for the whole case he should try to retain one to deal with the situation you describe. It would not cost that much money.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    First, consent is not a defense to statutory rape. The whole concept of statutory rape is that a person who is under 16 (in Massachusetts) is too young legally to consent to sex. Therefore, anyone who has sex with a person under 16 can be found guilty of statutory rape. Your friend really should do everything possible to hire a lawyer. I don't know of any publicly appointed counsel for someone who has not yet been charged, but there could be some assistance out there that I am not familiar with. I would recommend calling the Mass Bar Association to check. In any event, he should not go speak with police without first speaking with a lawyer. It is far more likely that the police are trying to get him to incriminate himself than anything else. A lawyer could contact the police on his behalf and know what to say, and more importantly, what not to say. He should not speak with the police on his own! If he is charged, then he will be able to get court appointed counsel, if he qualifies.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    You need to retain an attorney, IMMEDIATELY.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    He should not talk to the police until he has talked to an experienced criminal defense attorney. He could look to family and friends to assist him with paying for a lawyer. If he truly cannot afford an attorney, once charges are filed, the court would appoint one for him.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    If your friend is charged with a crime he can get a court appointed attorney. Only a judge can issue a warrant. Your friend should have no further contact with his accuser and should make no statements, except to an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law | Michael R. Nack
    This friend of yours needs an attorney immediately. For charges of this nature it would not be unusual for an attorney to require a retainer fee in the amount of several thousands of dollars. If your friend can not hire an attorney, then your friend should decline any further statements to the police. REPEAT: your friend should not talk to the police at all!!! Your friend should be prepared to be arrested and should make arrangements for someone on the outside to attempt to post bond. After a court appearance your friend may qualify for a public defender.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Your friend should ask that a lawyer be appointed to represent him in any meeting with law enforcement. Be aware that consent is not a defense to rape of a child (statutory rape).
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    Hire a Lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Even if he does contact the detective, he is going to get a warrant. He should NOT contact the detective. There is nothing that he can say that will stop a warrant from issuing. The detective is simply trying to tie him down to a story and information. The detective's job is not to determine who is telling the truth but only to investigate & present the case to the prosecutors' office. And, they will accept charges if the girl says he did it - almost no matter what. The case will then be presented to a grand jury to see if there is probable cause to hold the case over for a trial. He will be able to plead guilty or not guilty, but he is 99% chance going to get charged. If he gets arrested and cannot afford a lawyer because he is indigent - does not own property - then a lawyer will be appointed to represent him. He will likely sit in jail while the case is pending. These are VERY serious charges.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    He should not talk to the police without an attorney present. If the police arrest him and question him and he cannot afford one (as determined by the court), an attorney has to be appointed.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    FIRST He should not say anything to the police without a lawyer. Even if thye put him in jail. There are lots of people in prison that would be out if they kept silent. Second HE CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO GET A LAWYER. This could carry 15 years in prison and MANDATORY PRISON.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    I do not understand your question, however, a defendant has a right to request the services of a public defender, once he appears in court, if that is your question. I would suggest that if he has not been charged, he should make it a point to retain an attorney before any questioning by the police.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    What can you do? There is only one valid suggestion in those circumstances: Hire an attorney, unless you know how to effectively represent yourself in court against a professional prosecutor intending to convict. No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or anywhere else are going to effectively help you in your defense, other than the advice to exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to ANYONE about the case except an attorney. That includes on this or any other web site or public forum. Most police and prosecutors will happily tell you that 95% of people convict themselves by trying to be 'helpful and cooperative', either during initial contact, questioning, interview or interrogation. When charged with any felony, you potentially face one or more years in prison if convicted; on a misdemeanor, you potentially face up to 6-12 months in jail. Multiple counts and charges multiply your problems. If you have priors and strikes, they may be penalty enhancements under the 3 Strikes rules. If this constitutes a probation or parole violation, factor those new and old charge[s] in as well. Of course you can fight the charges. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, and can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all possible defenses with whatever admissible and credible witnesses, evidence, facts and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or at trial. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get the best outcome possible through a plea bargain, or take it to trial, as appropriate for the clients best interests. If you get serious about hiring private counsel to help in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me. Ill be happy to help use whatever defenses there may be. If you cant afford private counsel, you will simply have to wait until after arrest and apply for the Public Defender at your first court appearance.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Get an attorney.. At least talk with one. This is a VERY serious matter that could result in some VERY substantial prison time (especially with 10 counts). The fact that the girl may have been "willing" to have sex with this person is absolutely irrelevant because a minor (depending upon how young she is - cannot give consent). If this is statutory rape, all they look at is the age of your friend and the age of the girl(s). Additionally, the fact that alcohol is an issue is also a major concern, especially if you friend supplied the alcohol. If the girl was under the influence, she can hardly give consent, even if she was old enough to do so. It can certainly be argued that your friend got this girl drunk so he COULD have sex with her. If such is the case, this could enhance (add to) any prison sentence. This is nothing to be taken lightly. GET AN ATTORNEY.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    Hire an attorney immediately! If there is evidence against your friend, he will get arrested no matter what. Your friend should NOT give any statement or talk to the police until speaking to a criminal defense attorney. Just so you know, statutory rape is a strict liability crime which means if your friend had sex with a minor he is guilty of statutory rape as minors cannot consent in the eyes of the law.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Your post is a bit confusing about who is doing what to whom and getting warrants. However, it sounds as if your friend is being accused of stat and perhaps rape of an unconscious person. I am guessing that he has indicated to the cop he wants an attorney with him as cop wants to talk to him. Difficulty as he sees it is he cannot afford attorney. First rule, do not talk to the cop. Period. It will not prevent any pending intent to arrest. If arrested and cop want to talk (interrogate - near torture questioning with intent of having friend say something incriminating), friend has a right to an attorney when interrogated in a custodial situation. These potential charges are serious and very bad things, as in registering as a sex offender for life and long prison terms are a potential. Your friend should find some funds someplace or from some person to hire a attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law | Glenn M. Sowa
    This is a simple answer: Do not talk to the police without first consulting with a qualified criminal defense attorney. Most competent criminal defense attorneys will require a nominal charge for consultation (or no charge). Seek out a criminal defense attorney in your area immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Thank you for your inquiry If your son is without any money to hire an attorney, he should request a court appointed attorney. He should not answer any questions without an attorney being present. It is not for the detective to say that he should get an attorney or not, and I suspect from your question that your son already made statements. This should stop immediately. Getting an attorney to represent him is imperative to find out about the charges, the possibility of resolving the case, and the specter of sex offender registration. The age is the issue, not the consent. So he can be charged without any regard to consent. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    Speak to a lawyer immediately. Any statements you make to a police officer can be used against you. This is why you must speak with a lawyer who will advise you not to speak, and advise the police not to question you. The officer is actually doing you a favor by telling you to hire an attorney. Take heed.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    He needs a lawyer before he talks to any police officer. If the detective wants him to surrender on the charges it is wise to comply because surrendering will help keep the amount of the bail down. He should not talk to anyone without consulting with a lawyer. I mean ANYONE. He should keep his mouth absolutely shut.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    The Law Office of James McKain
    The Law Office of James McKain | James McKain
    GET A LAWYER!!! If you can't afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. It is never a good idea to talk to a detective without counsel present.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
    Once he is charged with the crime, he can be appointed a public defender. Until then, he will have to hire a private attorney. Statutory rape doesn't have anything to do with consent. It only depends on her age. If it were not consensual it would be charged as forcible rape and would be a Class A Felony with the same range of punishment as murder.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    He needs to hire a lawyer immediately, if she's under age and consented he can still be charged with statutory rape.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    I am not 100% sure that I understand your question. But, the bottom line is that if your friend really cannot afford a lawyer then he is going to have to wait until he is arrested before one will be appointed.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Your friend is in major trouble. A person 15 years old are below cannot consent. A person 19 years or above who has a consensual encounter with someone under 15 commits a crime. Your friend need a lawyer. A good lawyer would never consent to allow a client to speak with the cops. At this point it may only be the girls word against his and he doesn't want to say anything that will help them convict him. Even if he cannot afford a lawyer he needs to tell the cops "he has nothing to say and he wants a lawyer!!" Nothing more. He will regret not getting a lawyer for the rest of his life!
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    He needs to contact Pine Tree Legal or the Maine volunteer legal services from the Maine Bar Association.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    He needs to request a court appointed attorney if he can not afford one on his own.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    The Poster Law Firm, PLLC
    The Poster Law Firm, PLLC | Rick D Poster
    Read the article on my website on what to do if being investigated.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    If your friend can hire a lawyer, he should. If he can't, he should do nothing. If the police arrest him, they'll appoint him a lawyer. He should not speak to anyone about the case, definitely not the police, but not to you or the victim or anyone else. False accusations might be dismissed before trial, or he might have to go to trial. But it will not help for him to try to explain to the police or the prosecutor. Don't talk to the police without a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    If hes falsely accused, then he has to fight the case and hell need a criminal attorney to help him. If he cant afford one, hell be appointed an attorney by the court. With regards to the detective what good would it do your friend to talk to the detective? You mentioned that she was willing to have sex with him which sounds like he did have sex with her so if he talks to them and they ask him and he admits he had sex with her, he will have proven their case against him. They'll arrest him if he talks to them, and theyll arrest him if he doesnt. So the best thing is to not give them extra evidence they can use to prove your friend guilty.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law | Jason Overton
    He needs to get a lawyer. And if the Detective is telling him to get a lawyer, he certainly needs to get a lawyer. If he can't afford a lawyer, he has a right to have one appointed to represent him. Although I don't represent him and don't know the specific facts of his case, I think any lawyer would recommend that your friend not talk to police or anyone else about this. Also, consent is no defense to "statutory" or 2nd degree rape, which involves sex with a minor, so he should stop telling anyone that she consented.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    Your friend really does need legal counsel. Maybe he can get friends or family to help him out. But if he does nothing, it sounds like he is going to get arrested.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    It is extremely important for your friend to hire an attorney IMMEDIATELY. A private attorney will stop all questioning of your friend by the police department. If your friend absolutely cannot afford to hire a private attorney, he may qualify for the public defender's office. It is important to remember that your friend should not talk to the police during the investigation - - even if he is being falsely accused. He has a right to remain silent and speak to an attorney before cooperating with the police.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    Your friend needs an attorney. Unfortunately, he can't apply for a public defender until charges have been filed in court. Until then, he should not make any statements to the police. The police can make an arrest if they have probable cause. He might be able to arrange a voluntary surrender in that case.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    If she was under 17, it does not matter if she was willing to have sex with him; she was unable to consent as a matter of law. The person should try to retain an attorney to negotiate the surrender. If the person does not voluntarily go to the police, the police will look for him and when he is arrested, the DA will tell the judge that higher bail should be set because the person refused to surrender.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    It is against the law for anyone over 18 to have sex with a minor under age 18. Consent by the minor is NOT a legal defense. Your friend should figure out how he can pay a private lawyer 100.00 for an in office consultation before he takes any further action. If he is arrested and he has no money he will remain in jail until or unless he can pay the bail amount. After he is arrested the court will appoint him a public defender if he is indigent.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Do not talk to her or police any more. Request an attorney as soon as you see the police - do not talk to them - just say I want a lawyer. Once charged, they will give him a public defender. All jail calls and meets are recorded - do not talk about the facts with anyone but your lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Your friend should scrape together any money he can get his hands on and hire a lawyer as soon as possible. "Statutory rape" is having sex with a person under a certain age - it does not matter if it was with consent or not - the idea is that a girl under a certain age cannot legally consent. Your friend needs legal help badly, immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC | Raymond J. Savoy
    Your friend needs to find the funds to hire an attorney. He can serve significant jail time if convicted.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 8/8/2011
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    He must contact an attorney right away. Statutory rape is that a person has sex with a minor. Permission of the minor does not matter. If she is under age it is a crime. He should not talk on the phone or in person to anyone until he has talked to a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/8/2011
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