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Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor

Sexual conduct with a minor, or statutory rape, is an extremely serious charge that can result in a lengthy prison sentence and several years as a registered sex offender. If you believe you are the subject of an investigation or if you have been arrested for statutory rape in Ohio, it is imperative you engage the services of a capable sex crimes defense lawyer.

The charges on their face are heinous and carry a huge stigma, but the prosecution must first prove your guilt before labeling you a criminal. We will manage your case at each step so that you know, wherever possible, your defense team is questioning the assumptions of the prosecution and biting back with our theory.

Dayton Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Lawyer

The weight of the criminal justice system is a heavy burden on your shoulders. With Joslyn Law Firm, you can rely on smart, aggressive tactics to provide enough reasonable doubt to make your case impossible for prosecutors. Call (937) 356-3969 to schedule a free consultation with attorney Brian Joslyn. In the confidential session, we will talk through your case and reasonable expectations. Read below to learn more about the crime of sexual conduct with a misdemeanor and call us right away to begin working for you.

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Montgomery County Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Overview


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Ohio Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

There may be no sexual conduct between a person who is 18 years or older and a person who is under the age of 16 or greater than the age of 13. (The charge of rape applies when there is sexual conduct between a one person and another person who is under the age of 13.)

Sexual conduct is defined as vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another.

Even when the alleged offender is not aware of the minor’s age, they may still be guilty of sexual conduct with a minor because it was reckless behavior not to know the age of the alleged victim.


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Penalties for Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Montgomery County

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.04, people 18 years of age or older are prohibited from knowingly engaging in sexual conduct with another person who is 13 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age and is not the alleged offender’s spouse. The classification of this offense depends on the ages of the alleged offender and the alleged victim:

  • First-Degree Misdemeanor — Alleged offender is less than four years older than the alleged victim
  • Fourth-Degree Felony — Alleged offender is four or more years older but less than 10 years older than the alleged victim
  • Third-Degree Felony — Alleged offender is 10 or more years older than the alleged victim

A misdemeanor of the first degree may be punished by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. A conviction requires the defendant to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

A felony of the fourth degree may be punished by six to eighteen months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Additionally, the defendant would be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

A felony of the third degree may be punished by nine months to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A record of previous violent crimes may increase the maximum prison term substantially.


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Ohio Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Defenses

Due to the complexity of sexual crimes, it is best to call Joslyn Law Firm to discuss your case in detail to form a proper defense. We will use every tool at our disposal, including discovery and a thorough review of the state’s evidence, as well as outside investigators to unearth new information. As previously stated, it is not a defense if the defendant did not know the alleged victim’s age if their lack of knowledge can be deemed reckless.

Some possible defense against these charges may include, but are not limited to:

  • Alleged victim was actually of legal age
  • Alleged victim was spouse of alleged offender
  • Lack of evidence
  • False accusations

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Find the Best Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Lawyer in Dayton

Attorney Brian Joslyn represents the accused across Montgomery County, including Dayton Piqua, Kettering, Xenia, Huber Heights, and the surrounding areas. We are passionate in our defense of the accused and committed to your innocence. Our goal is to resolve this case in the most favorable manor to you, and quickly. We know the stress of a sex crimes case, and the potential damage of registering as a sex offender.

Call (937) 356-3969 to set up a free, no obligation consultation with Joslyn Law Firm. Put us to work right away.