Sex with a minor under the age of consent is illegal in every state and is a horrendous crime that happens much too frequently. If you or your child was the victim of statutory rape, you can sue the perpetrator. Defendants in statutory rape suits can include adults or teenagers who are at least 3 years older than the underage victim.
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we serve as a compassionate legal resource and are here to protect the interests of minors who have been victims of statutory rape. We can help you explore your options for a civil lawsuit to hold the perpetrator(s) accountable for their heinous actions and seek monetary compensation in court.
Criminal and civil sexual abuse may encompass the same act, but legally, they are handled differently. The standard of proof is also different.
You may be able to recover financial compensation if you are a survivor of statutory rape. However, California has a statute of limitations on sexual abuse crimes, meaning lawsuits must be brought within a certain time period from the date of the abuse. The statue is often different for a criminal versus civil lawsuit. In California, victims have until age 26 to bring a civil suit, and a criminal suit’s statute of limitations is 3 years.
If you are a sexual abuse victim, a California lawyer for victims of statutory rape can help you file a civil lawsuit against your abuser and help you seek damages by collecting financial compensation. Time is of the essence, so contact us as soon as possible for a free, confidential case evaluation. Because we work on a contingency fee-basis, consultations are free, and you won’t pay us anything until we win your case.
Contact usat Manly, Stewart & Finaldi at (800) 761-2220 today for compassionate legal representation.