Everyone must remember that the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16.
However, if you are older than 18, it's better to draw a mental barrier at 18-year-olds just to be safe....because if they look like they are 18 they are probably 16, and if they look like they are 16, they are probably 14.
The Defendants may argue that the victims represented themselves as older than they really were, and that a reasonable person would have believed such representation.
Even if this is true, Oklahoma does not allow a defendant to rely on a mistake of age, even a reasonable one, to avoid a sex crime conviction for statutory rape.
If you or a loved one has been charged with rape or statutory rape in Oklahoma, time is of the essence. C., and retain an accomplished attorney ready to fight for your rights.
Second degree rape includes consensual sex between a minor who is 14 or 15, and a defendant who is older than 18.
Defendants charged with statutory rape have the usual defenses available to all criminal defendants.
However, defendants accused of statutory rape often claim they had no reason to know their partner was underage.
As stated above, statutory rape is a strict liability crime, so a malicious intent or a “guilty mind” is not necessary.
All that matters is the age of the alleged victim and whether the sexual conduct actually occurred.