Statutory Rape

Murfreesboro Statutory Rape Lawyer

Statutory rape defense in Tennessee

A statutory rape conviction can permanently damage your livelihood, devastating not only you, but your family as well. If you have been accused of statutory rape, it is vital you retain the services of a uniquely qualified attorney who will unbiasedly defend your freedom. Murfreesboro sex crimes attorney Joshua T. Crain has successfully represented clients against numerous sex crime and statutory rape charges. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Crain knows how the prosecution will structure the case against you as well as how to protect your rights.

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Statutory Rape Tennessee

Under Tennessee Code Title 39, statutory rape occurs when an individual older than 18 years of age engages in sexual penetration with a minor between the ages of 13 and 17. A minor cannot legally consent to sexual acts, even if both parties appear to engaging in the act voluntarily.

Three forms of statutory rape exist:


Statutory rape can be charged when (1) the minor is 13 or 14 years of age with the defendant being between 4 and 9 years older than the victim, or (2) the minor is between the age of 15 and 17 with the defendant between 5 and 9 years older than the victim. Statutory rape is a class E felony and is punishable by up to 6 years in prison.


When the minor is between the age of 15 and 17 with the defendant either four or five years older than the victim it is considered mitigated statutory rape. Mitigated statutory rape is a class E felony and is punishable by up to 6 years in prison.


Aggravated statutory rape is when the minor is between the age of 13 and 17 with the defendant 10 years or older than the victim. Aggravated statutory rape is a class D felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Registration as a Sex Offender

In addition to the possibility of incarceration and substantial fines, most persons convicted of statutory rape will be required to register as sex offenders. This can dramatically affect quality of life by influencing where offenders are allowed to live and work. After release from prison, sex offenders are also required to maintain contact with law enforcement.

Why Choose Joshua T. Crain as your attorney?

With a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and ranking among The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Mr. Crain knows what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome for your case. He has handled thousands of cases successfully and has earned a long list of positive reviews from satisfied clients.


During your initial consultation, Mr. Crain will help you understand how the law applies to your situation and provide you with a clear path forward. Making use of the right legal strategies in your family law case is every bit as important as knowing the law, which is why hiring an experienced Murfreesboro family law attorney is of critical importance.

Schedule your consultation today and call (615) 200-9409 or contact our firm online.