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Is consent a defense to Sexual Assault or Statutory Rape charges?

Consent may be a defense to sex crimes. However, some individuals are not considered able to consent to sex under the law. For those individuals, even if they explicitly agree, their agreement is not legally valid. For example, minors, the mentally disabled and unconscious or intoxicated people (even if they willingly became intoxicated) typically cannot provide valid consent. Statutory rape or date rape charges may result.

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Lawrence Koplow exclusively practices criminal defense. We are experienced sex crime defenders, led by a former Arizona prosecutor.  The mission of our firm is to defend those falsely accused of crimes and help those who have been “overcharged.”…
The firm is led and managed by Lawrence Koplow, a former prosecutor with

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