Incest is generally defined as an act of sexual intercourse between two closely related individuals. Regardless of whether both individuals are of legal age or if they consent, this act is generally considered illegal in the United States.
In some cases, incest occurs when one family member forces another member into a sexual act. If you or someone you love has been accused of incest, contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100 to speak with an experienced legal professional.
Incest and Child Abuse
In many cases, incest occurring between two consenting adults goes unreported. To some, this is considered a victimless crime, since both individuals are of age and engage in the acts out of choice. However, many incest cases center on child molestation charges.
Children who are subjected to incest often do so against their will. When these incidents are reported, the adult who initiated the sexual act may face statutory rape, child molestation, and incest charges. The punishment for each of these crimes usually involves jail time.
Depending on the specific charges and the region in which the crime goes to trial, the punishment could be as much as 20 or more years in prison. It is important to note that some states also have incest laws against sexual acts between stepparents and stepchildren.
Incest is a serious crime that may result in jail time. If you or your loved one is currently facing allegations of incest or related crimes, contact the San Jose criminal defense attorneys of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100 to learn more about getting the legal representation you deserve.