A Tough Lawyer For Statutory Rape Defense

If you or your child has been charged with statutory rape, you need the best defense attorney you can find. Why?

First, the consequences for these criminal charges are extremely serious. They can compromise your job, your freedom, your reputation or your child's future success. Second, prosecutors are relentless and will not accept "I didn't know" as a defense. Finally, many people who face child rape charges in criminal court do so without ever knowing they committed a crime. This is their first time facing the criminal justice system, a system bent on finding reasons to hold them accountable.

At the Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding, we ensure that our clients' rights are protected in the toughest of situations. Defense attorney Erik Kaeding is a veteran criminal defense lawyer with more than 15 years of experience successfully serving clients in and around the Kent, Washington, area.

Why Was I Charged With Rape?

Almost everyone knows that the age of consent in Washington is 16 years. What many don't know is that you can be charged with "statutory rape" even when:

  • You are merely three years older than the alleged victim: For example, an 18-year-old can be charged with rape after having consensual sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend — that's the difference between a high school senior and freshman.
  • You thought the alleged victim was over 16: Mistake is not a defense.
  • The sex was consensual: The age of consent means that, under the law, a 15-year-old cannot consent to sex.
  • You consorted with a person in an online chat room who you believed was more than 18 years old, but was actually younger than 16.

It Is Possible To Defend Against Sex Crime Charges

A charge is not a conviction. We will fully review the allegations you face and explore all of the options available to you to get your charges reduced or dropped. If your case ends up in court, we have the skill to represent you well, whether you face a judge or a jury. Throughout the entire process, we will keep you informed and help you make the best decisions for you or your child.

Free, Confidential Consultation

Call the Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding locally at 253-850-8430 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. In-jail visits and flexible scheduling options are available as needed.