Maine Legal Group Logo
Main Office
Satellite Office
Consultations by Appointment Only

What is the difference between statutory rape and forcible rape in Maine?

Difference between statutory rape and forcible rape

difference between statutory rape and forcible rape in Maine

The main difference between rape and statutory rape in Maine is the age of the alleged victim.

For a statutory rape charge to be successfully prosecuted in Maine, the victim must be below the legal age of consent (16) and the adult more than five years older than the alleged victim (in the case of a 14- or 15-year-old).

If a victim is below the legal age of consent or mentally handicapped, there can be no consensual sexual activity and a charge of statutory rape may be applied. This may include the crimes of sexual assault against a child, rape of a child, or corruption of a minor.

Crimes against minors who have not yet reached puberty (child sexual abuse or molestation) are generally handled even more severely than the crime of statutory rape.

The use of force may increase the punishment, but is not a prerequisite for a charge of statutory rape.

A conviction for statutory rape can result in a long period of imprisonment, as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Call 207-571-8146 or contact us online to schedule a consult with one of our highly skilled criminal defense attorneys today.

Blog Posts

[bdp_post_carousel design=”design-2″ show_date=”false” show_author=”false” show_content=”true” slide_show=”2″ dots=”false” autoplay=”false” limit=”2″ category=”Sex Crimes, statutory rape”]


Contact our office to speak with
one of our team members who will set up a confidential consultation to discuss your case.


Great group of people. Managed to get me a favorable outcome from a very bad situation. I would highly recommend this firm if you have legal troubles. Top notch performance!!

Dave Allen

So thankful I chose this team to represent me. They’re the best, hands down. Nathan Hitchcock proved my innocence not once but TWICE, including a trial by jury. I have a family in law enforcement who told me “Bill Bly and his team are the best. If I would recommend anyone, it would be them.”

Brandon Albert





Ready to Get Started? Get In Touch With Us Today!

If you are facing criminal charges in Maine, the attorneys at The Maine Criminal Defense Group are here to help. Call our office to speak with one of our team members, who will discuss your case with you and set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Get to Know Our Group
Maine Legal Group

We are a boutique law firm, and we stand out by prioritizing our clients’ well-being. At The Maine Legal Group, our experienced team offers personalized attention in both criminal defense and divorce cases.

The Maine Criminal Defense Group

The Maine Criminal Defense Group adeptly handles all areas of criminal defense practice, including experienced and skilled legal representation for state and federal charges.

The Maine Divorce Group

The Maine Divorce Group empowers individuals skillfully navigating divorce with compassionate guidance, ensuring a brighter future through the challenges of the process.